Orpheus I am, Come from the Deeps Below



Orpheus I am, come from the deeps below,
To thee, fond man, the plagues of love to show.
To the fair fields where loves eternal dwell
There's none that come, but first they pass through hell:
Hark, and beware! unless thou hast loved, ever
Beloved again, thou shalt see those joys never.
 
Hark how they groan that died despairing!
Oh, take heed, then!
Hark how they howl for over-daring!
All these were men.
 
They that be fools, and die for fame,
They lose their name;
And they that bleed,
Hark how they speed!
 
Now in cold frosts, now scorching fires
They sit, and curse their lost desires;
Nor shall these souls be free from pains and fears,
Till women waft them over in their tears.

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on March 05, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Scheme AABBCC DEDE FFGG HHII
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 675
Words 127
Stanzas 4
Stanza Lengths 6, 4, 4, 4

John Fletcher

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