Keepe On Your Maske And Hide Your Eye

William Strode 1602 – 1645



Keepe on your maske, and hide your eye,
For with beholding you I dye:
Your fatall beauty, Gorgon-like,
Dead with astonishment will strike;
Your piercing eyes if them I see
Are worse than basilisks to mee.

Shutt from mine eyes those hills of snowe,
Their melting valleys doe not showe;
Their azure paths lead to dispaire,
O vex me not, forbeare, forbeare;
For while I thus in torments dwell
The sight of heaven is worse than hell.

Your dayntie voyce and warbling breath
Sound like a sentence pass'd for death;
Your dangling tresses are become
Like instruments of finall doome.
O if an Angell torture so,
When life is done where shall I goe?

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on March 05, 2023

35 sec read
127

Quick analysis:

Scheme AABBCC DDEEFF GGHHDD
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 630
Words 116
Stanzas 3
Stanza Lengths 6, 6, 6

William Strode

William Strode (c. 1602 – 1645) was an English poet, Doctor of Divinity and Public Orator of Oxford University, one of the Worthies of Devon of John Prince (d.1723). more…

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