A Maypole

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Deprived of root, and branch and rind,
Yet flowers I bear of every kind:
And such is my prolific power,
They bloom in less than half an hour;
Yet standers-by may plainly see
They get no nourishment from me.
My head with giddiness goes round,
And yet I firmly stand my ground:
All over naked I am seen,
And painted like an Indian queen.
No couple-beggar in the land
E'er joined such numbers hand in hand.
I joined them fairly with a ring;
Nor can our parson blame the thing.
And though no marriage words are spoke,
They part not till the ring is broke;
Yet hypocrite fanatics cry,
I'm but an idol raised on high;
And once a weaver in our town,
A damned Cromwellian, knocked me down.
I lay a prisoner twenty years,
And then the jovial cavaliers
To their old post restored all three -
I mean the church, the king, and me.
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Dr Antony Theodore 31 March 2020
Deprived of root, and branch and rind, Yet flowers I bear of every kind: And such is my prolific power, They bloom in less than half an hour. beautiful. tony
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Shaun Cronick 31 March 2020
Edifying and captivating rhyming diction by Mr Swift. Superbly constructed and delivered. A worthy poem of the day.
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Dominic Windram 31 March 2020
I completely agree with your excellent comments...a wonderfully incisive poem about dour Puritanism methinks.
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Bernard F. Asuncion 31 March 2019
One of the best poems by Jonathan Swift........
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Chan Mongol 31 March 2019
Love the poetic language of yours. Beautifully constructed. A nice choice of the Poemhunter.com and mine too! Thanks for sharing.
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I lay a prisoner twenty years, And then the jovial cavaliers To their old post restored all three - I mean the church, the king, and me.
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Bhargabi Dei Mahakul 31 March 2019
A decorated pole with flowers and beauty is very nice and attractive. When hypocrite fanatics cry this scribble mind and we think for love, peace and unity to overcome such hypocrite fanatics. Church giving biblical knowledge guides in tight way to lead a peaceful life.
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Ratnakar Mandlik 31 March 2019
An amazing poem penned by a great poet and critique. It is enchanting and a pleasure to read. A great classical poem..
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Ramesh T A 31 March 2019
A critical poetry only a poet critic can write! Jonathan Swift one such one! Thanks for sharing here!
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Mahtab Bangalee 31 March 2019
Yet hypocrite fanatics cry, ........ I'm but an idol raised on high; And once a weaver in our town, A damned Cromwellian, knocked me down.....///master of satire!
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I lay a prisoner twenty years, And then the jovial cavaliers To their old post restored all three - I mean the church, the king, and me.
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