William Browne

William Browne Poems

1. Behold, O God! 1/31/2015
2. Song 1/1/2004
3. Britannia's Pastorals 1/1/2004
4. Memory 1/1/2004
5. The Sirens' Song 1/1/2004
6. A Welcome 1/1/2004
7. The Rose 1/1/2004

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Britannia's Pastorals

Now as an angler melancholy standing
Upon a green bank yielding room for landing,
A wriggling yellow worm thrust on his hook,
Now in the midst he throws, then in a nook:
Here pulls his line, there throws it in again,
Mendeth his cork and bait, but all in vain,
He long stands viewing of the curled stream;
At last a hungry pike, or well-grown bream
Snatch at the worm, and hasting fast away,
He knowing it a fish of stubborn sway,
Pulls up his rod, but soft, as having skill,
Wherewith the hook fast holds the fish's gill;
Then all his line he freely yieldeth ...

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