Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, CLORINDA AND DAMON, by ANDREW MARVELL

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First Line: Damon, come drive thy flocks this way
Last Line: For all the world is our pan's quire.
Subject(s): Country Life

c: Damon, come drive thy flocks this way
d: No: 'tis too late they went astray.
c: I have a grassy Scutcheon spy'd,
Where Flora blazons all her pride.
The Grass I aim to feast thy Sheep:
The Flow'rs I for thy Temples keep.
d: Grass withers; and the Flow'rs too fade.
c: Seize the short Joyes then, ere they vade.
Seest thou that unfrequented Cave?
d: That den? c: Loves Shrine. d:But Virtue's Grave.
c: In whose cool bosome we may lye
Safe from the Sun. d: Not Heaven's Eye.
c: Near this, a Fountaines liquid Bell
Tinkles within the concave Shell.
d: Might a Soul bath there and be clean,
Or slake its Drought? c: What is't you mean?
d: These once had been enticing things,
Clorinda, Pastures, Caves, and Springs.
c: And what late change? d: The other day
Pan met me. c: What did great Pan say?
d: Words that transcend poor Shepherds skill,
But He ere since my Songs does fill:
And his Name swells my slender Oate.
c: Sweet must Pan sound in Damons Note.
d: Clorinda's voice might make it sweet.
c: Who would not in Pan's Praises meet?

Of Pan the flowry Pastures sing,
Caves eccho, and the Fountains ring.
Sing then while he doth us inspire;
For all the World is our Pan's Quire.

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