Andrew Marvell

(31 March 1621 – 16 August 1678 / Yorkshire, England)

To Christina, Queen Of Sweden - Poem by Andrew Marvell

Verses to accompany a portrait of Cromwell

Bright Martial Maid, Queen of the frozen zone,
The northern pole supports thy shining throne.
Behold what furrows age and steel can plough;
The helmet's weight oppressed this wrinkled brow.
Through fate's untrodden paths I move; my hands
Still act my free-born people's bold commands;
Yet this stern shade, to you submits his frowns,
Nor are these looks always severe to crowns.


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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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