John Milton (1638)
Yet once more, O ye Laurels, and once more
ye myrtles brown, with ivy never sere,
I come to pluck your berries harsh and crude,
and with forced fingers rude
shatter your leaves before mellowing year.
Bitter constraint and sad occasion dear
compels me to disturb your season due;
For Lycidas is dead, dead ere his prime,
young Lycidas, and hath not left his peer.
Who would not sing for Lycidas? he knew
himself to sing, and build the lofty rhyme.
He must not float upon his wat’ry bier
unwept, and welter to the parching wind, without the meed of some melodies tear.
Posted: 18th March 2020Categories: Literature