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A Ballad Of Death

Rating: 2.7

Kneel down, fair Love, and fill thyself with tears,
Girdle thyself with sighing for a girth
Upon the sides of mirth,
Cover thy lips and eyelids, let thine ears
Be filled with rumour of people sorrowing;
Make thee soft raiment out of woven sighs
Upon the flesh to cleave,
Set pains therein and many a grievous thing,
And many sorrows after each his wise
For armlet and for gorget and for sleeve.

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suunyyy 04 June 2018

sick lad u should write anoter 2

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Sylvaonyema Uba 23 May 2018

O love Thou knowest If she were god to see. Good delivery. SYLVA-ONYEMA UBA.

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Gangadharan Nair Pulingat 20 November 2014

Great poem on love and affection, the sadness, the life and all. A wonderful imaginative poem.I mostly like the para ten though the poem in general is very much interesting.

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The Lastdon 20 November 2012

very good poem, but let me add that, i have literature that is trly greatness and I would challenge any poet in the world to a competition, that is how confident i am.

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Lola Montez 20 November 2012

Yea, she caught Shame and shamed him with her kiss, With her fair kiss, and lips much lovelier Than lips of amorous roses in late spring.

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Bodhi U 20 November 2011

great..can ask for more

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Christine Schmidt 20 November 2009

Lots to say about this one-The love is shown by the length of this poem, content and repitition. Gold (deep meaning) is mentioned abundantly-royalty. In mondern day this poem maybe would have been expressed in half the words. Back then they had much more time to write and express, today we're so busy and multi-tasking, our attention spans never spend this much time on one thing...interesting to read poetry from eras-gone-by.

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Michael Harmon 20 November 2009

Though this star of the Victorian era shines less bright than Tennyson's, Browning's and Arnold's, it represents a massive talent in the realm of sound, as enamored of sound as of meaning, perhaps so much so that, on occasion, it leads to an overabundance not to be emulated in the modern era, with its preference for the plain style.

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Kevin Straw 20 November 2009

After 'Girdle thyself with sighing for a girth Upon the sides of mirth' I ceased to take this poem seriously.

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Ramesh T A 20 November 2009

A rich exquisite poetry composed on the demise of angel of love sweeter than wine and rose born to love express deep sense of sorrow never to be replaced on the earth!

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