Treasure Island

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

(27 February 1807 – 24 March 1882 / Portland, Maine)

Tales Of A Wayside Inn : Part 3. Interlude I.


'O Edrehi, forbear to-night
Your ghostly legends of affright,
And let the Talmud rest in peace;
Spare us your dismal tales of death
That almost take away one's breath;
So doing, may your tribe increase.'

Thus the Sicilian said; then went
And on the spinet's rattling keys
Played Marianina, like a breeze
From Naples and the Southern seas,
That brings us the delicious scent
Of citron and of orange trees,
And memories of soft days of ease
At Capri and Amalfi spent.

'Not so,' the eager Poet said;
'At least, not so before I tell
The story of my Azrael,
An angel mortal as ourselves,
Which in an ancient tome I found
Upon a convent's dusty shelves,
Chained with an iron chain, and bound
In parchment, and with clasps of brass,
Lest from its prison, some dark day,
It might be stolen or steal away,
While the good friars were singing mass.

'It is a tale of Charlemagne,
When like a thunder-cloud, that lowers
And sweeps from mountain-crest to coast,
With lightning flaming through its showers,
He swept across the Lombard plain,
Beleaguering with his warlike train
Pavia, the country's pride and boast,
The City of the Hundred Towers.'

Thus heralded the tale began,
And thus in sober measure ran.

Submitted: Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

What do you think this poem is about?



Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (Tales Of A Wayside Inn : Part 3. Interlude I. by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

New Poems

  1. I Could Not Find My Way Free, Shalom Freedman
  2. Sailstarred, Sandsifting, Seaweed Script.., Saiom Shriver
  3. The art of love and affection!, Dr.V.K. Kanniappan
  4. Heaven with the Creator, Althea Marshall Wypyszczak
  5. Prison diary, Shikdar Waliuzzaman
  6. Mules, Saiom Shriver
  7. Abandoned Cocoon, Saiom Shriver
  8. I would cross, Ruma Chaudhuri
  9. Sometimes, Mark Webster
  10. Things of crumbs, DEEPAK KUMAR PATTANAYAK

Poem of the Day

poet Rupert Brooke

If I should die, think only this of me:
That there's some corner of a foreign field
That is for ever England. There shall be
In that rich earth a richer dust concealed;
...... Read complete »

   

Trending Poems

  1. 04 Tongues Made Of Glass, Shaun Shane
  2. If, Rudyard Kipling
  3. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  4. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  5. Daffodils, William Wordsworth
  6. Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou
  7. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
  8. Invictus, William Ernest Henley
  9. 1914 V: The Soldier, Rupert Brooke
  10. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda

Trending Poets

[Hata Bildir]