Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, FOR A COPY OF THEOCRITUS, by HENRY AUSTIN DOBSON



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FOR A COPY OF THEOCRITUS, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: O singer of the field and fold
Last Line: Thine was the happier age of gold
Alternate Author Name(s): Dobson, Austin
Subject(s): Theocritus (310-250 B.c.)


O SINGER of the field and fold,
THEOCRITUS! Pan's pipe was thine, --
Thine was the happier Age of Gold.

For thee the scent of new-turned mould,
The bee-hives, and the murmuring pine,
O Singer of the field and fold!

Thou sang'st the simple feasts of old, --
The beechen bowl made glad with wine...
Thine was the happier Age of Gold.

Thou bad'st the rustic loves be told, --
Thou bad'st the tuneful reeds combine,
O Singer of the field and fold!

And round thee, ever-laughing, rolled
The blithe and blue Sicilian brine:
Thine was the happier Age of Gold.

Alas for us! Our songs are cold;
Our Northern suns too sadly shine: --
O Singer of the field and fold,
Thine was the happier Age of Gold




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