Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, VISIONS: 6, by WILLIAM BROWNE (1591-1643)

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First Line: A gentle shepherd, born in arcady
Last Line: They never would be foster-fathers more.
Alternate Author Name(s): Browne, William Of Tavistock
Subject(s): Regret

A GENTLE shepherd, born in Arcady,
That well could tune his pipe, and deftly play
The nymphs asleep with rural minstrelsy,
Methought I saw, upon a summer's day,
Take up a little satyr in a wood,
All masterless forlorn as none did know him,
And nursing him with those of his own blood,
On mighty Pan he lastly did bestow him;
But with the god he long time had not been,
Ere he the shepherd and himself forgot,
And most ingrateful, ever stepp'd between
Pan and all good befell the poor man's lot:
Whereat all good men griev'd, and strongly swore
They never would be foster-fathers more.

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