Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, THE SECOND BROTHER; ACT 2, SCENE 1, by THOMAS LOVELL BEDDOES



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THE SECOND BROTHER; ACT 2, SCENE 1, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Innocently thought, / and worthy of thy youth! I should not say
Last Line: Was but a drop in the world-melting flood. -
Subject(s): Courts & Courtiers; Royal Court Life; Royalty; Kings; Queens


Valeria Innocently thought,
And worthy of thy youth! I should not say
How thou art like the daisy in Noah's meadow,
On which the foremost drop of rain fell warm
And soft at evening; so the little flower
Wrapped up its leaves, and shut the treacherous water
Close to the golden welcome of its breast, -
Delighting in the touch of that which led
The shower of oceans, in whose billowy drops
Tritons and lions of the sea were warring,
And sometimes ships on fire sunk in the blood
Of their own inmates; others were of ice,
And some had islands rooted in their waves,
Beasts on their rocks, and forest-powdering winds,
And showers tumbling on their tumbling self, -
And every sea of every ruined star
Was but a drop in the world-melting flood. -





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