Gorgon or the Wonderful Year

Gabriel Harvey 1552 – 1631



|S+t+| Fame dispos'd to cunnycatch the world,
    Vproar'd a wonderment of Eighty Eight:
    The Earth addreading to be ouerwhurld,
    What now auailes, quoth She, my ballance weight ?
    The Circle smyl'd to see the Center feare :
    The wonder was, no wonder fell that yeare.

    Wonders enhaunse their powre in numbers odd:
    The fatall yeare of yeares is Ninety Three :
    Parma hath kist; De-maine entreates the rodd:
  Warre wondreth, Peace and Spaine in Fraunce to see.
  Braue Eckenberg, the dowty Bassa shames :
  The Christian Neptune, Turkish Vulcane tames.

  Nauarre wooes Roome: Charlmaine giues Guise the Phy:
  Weepe Powles, thy Tamberlaine voutsafes to dye.

L'enuoy.
  The hugest miracle remaines behinde ,
  The second Shakerley Rash-Swash to binde.

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on March 05, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Scheme ABABCC DCDXEE FF XAA
Closest metre Iambic hexameter
Characters 764
Words 115
Stanzas 4
Stanza Lengths 6, 6, 2, 3

Gabriel Harvey

Gabriel Harvey was an English writer. Harvey was a notable scholar, whose reputation suffered from his quarrel with Thomas Nashe. Henry Morley, writing in the Fortnightly Review (March 1869), has argued that Harvey's Latin works demonstrate that he was distinguished by qualities very different from the pedantry and conceit usually associated with his name. more…

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