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SONNETS ON ENGLISH DRAMATIC POETS: 6. JOHN FORD, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Hew hard the marble from the mountain's heart
Last Line: So looms the likeness of thy soul, john ford.
Subject(s): Ford, John (1586-1639)


Hew hard the marble from the mountain's heart
Where hardest night holds fast in iron gloom
Gems brighter than an April dawn in bloom,
That his Memnonian likeness thence may star;
Revealed, whose hand in high funereal art
Carved night, and chiseled shadow: be the tomb
That speaks him famous graven with signs of doom
Intrenched inevitable in lines athwart,
As on some thunder-blasted Titan's brow
His record of rebellion. Not the day
Shall strike forth music from so stern a chord,
Touching this marble: darkness, none knows how,
And stars impenetrable of midnight, may
So looms the likeness of thy soul, John Ford.





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