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Heith
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Re: Poetry

Postby Heith » Tue Feb 26, 2019 10:19 pm

I return once again to the English renaissance composer John Dowland. The following is from his composition "Go crystal tears". I find said era incredibly fascinating. As a lute enthusiast, Dowland is a must. I am also very fond of old English language.


Go crystal tears, like to the morning show'rs
And sweetly weep into thy lady's breast.
And as the dews rerive the drooping flow'rs,
So let your drops of pity be address'd,
To quicken up the thoughts of my desert,
Which sleeps too sound whilst I from her depart.

Haste restless sighs, and let your burning breath
Dissolve the ice of her indurate heart,
Whose frozen rigour like forgetful Death,
Feels never any touch of my desert:
Yet sighs and tears to her I sacrifice,
Both from a spotless heart and patient eyes
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Re: Poetry

Postby obnoxion » Mon Aug 12, 2019 9:56 pm

Writer of many great ghost poems, Thomas Hardy (1840 - 1928) pauses here on an August night (perhaps not unlike the one that we're having at the moment here in Finland) to contemplate the wisdom of the insects:

AN AUGUST MIDNIGHT
Thomas Hardy
I

A shaded lamp and a waving blind,
And the beat of a clock from a distant floor:
On this scene enter—winged, horned, and spined—
A longlegs, a moth, and a dumbledore;
While 'mid my page there idly stands
A sleepy fly, that rubs its hands...

II

Thus meet we five, in this still place,
At this point of time, at this point in space.
—My guests besmear my new-penned line,
Or bang at the lamp and fall supine.
"God's humblest, they!" I muse. Yet why?
They know Earth-secrets that know not I.
One day of Brahma has 14 Indras; his life has 54 000 Indras. One day of Vishnu is the lifetime of Brahma. The lifetime of Vishnu is one day of Shiva.

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