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Friday, December 20, 2013

Poetry Friday--Happy Winter Solstice!


Tomorrow is the first day of winter. Yes, that's right--all that snowy stuff we had in the past two weeks was autumnal weather!

In honor of the solstice, here's a very old poem from 1617:
Now Winter Nights Enlarge
by Thomas Campion

Now winter nights enlarge
The number of their hours,
And clouds their storms discharge
Upon the airy towers.
Let now the chimneys blaze,
And cups o’erflow with wine;
Let well-tuned words amaze
With harmony divine.
Now yellow waxen lights
Shall wait on honey love,
While youthful revels, masques, and courtly sights
Sleep’s leaden spells remove.

This time doth well dispense
With lovers’ long discourse;
Much speech hath some defence,
Though beauty no remorse.
All do not all things well;
Some measures comely tread,
Some knotted riddles tell,
Some poems smoothly read.
The summer hath his joys
And winter his delights;
Though love and all his pleasures are but toys,
They shorten tedious nights.
I love the little humorous twist at the end, don't you! The poem may be found in Poems to Read: A New Favorite Poem Project Anthology [808.81 POE].

This week the Poetry Friday Round-Up is at Buffy's Blog, be sure to stop by, it's her first time hosting!



Illustration from Gems of Poetry, for Girls and Boys, published by Rufus Merrill, Concord, NH, 1850.

1 comment:

  1. I've been listening to well-tuned words and harmony divine all afternoon. Well said, Mr. Campion! This poem seems like it would be good for the Poetry Out Loud competition. I think teenagers would appreciate the ending ;-)

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