Fragment Poem by Christopher Marlowe


Rating: 2.8

I WALK'D along a stream, for pureness rare,
Brighter than sun-shine; for it did acquaint
The dullest sight with all the glorious prey
That in the pebble-paved channel lay.

No molten crystal, but a richer mine,
Even Nature's rarest alchymy ran there,--
Diamonds resolv'd, and substance more divine,
Through whose bright-gliding current might appear
A thousand naked nymphs, whose ivory shine,
Enamelling the banks, made them more dear
Than ever was that glorious palace' gate
Where the day-shining Sun in triumph sate.

Upon this brim the eglantine and rose,
The tamarisk, olive, and the almond tree,
As kind companions, in one union grows,
Folding their twining arms, as oft we see
Turtle-taught lovers either other close,
Lending to dulness feeling sympathy;
And as a costly valance o'er a bed,
So did their garland-tops the brook o'erspread.

Their leaves, that differ'd both in shape and show,
Though all were green, yet difference such in green,
Like to the checker'd bent of Iris' bow,
Prided the running main, as it had been--

* Sunprincess * 30 August 2015

............beautiful composition ★ I WALK'D along a stream, for pureness rare, Brighter than sun-shine; for it did acquaint

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Cat Hodgson 14 April 2014

Who ever loved, that loved not at first sight? I liked that poem I couldn't find it here as it came in my email, Cat

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Rajesh Thankappan 02 January 2015

A beauty engraved in words!

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Sylvia Frances Chan 10 October 2023

Marlowe was stabbed to death by Ingram Frizer. Whether the stabbing was connected to his arrest has never been resolved.

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Sylvia Frances Chan 10 October 2023

in the Dictionary of National Biography, Sir Sidney Lee wrote that Marlowe was killed in a drunken fight, and this is still often stated as fact today.

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Muzahidul Reza 26 May 2018

Christopher Marlowe is one of my favorite writers, ....... his writings are remarkable, known by all

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Edward Kofi Louis 26 May 2018

Brighter than sun-shine! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.

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Bernard F. Asuncion 26 May 2018

Such a great poem by Christopher Marlowe👍👍👍

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