Sunday, August 26

A Dialogue

“A Dialogue between the Soul and Body”
by Andrew Marvell (1621-1678)


O who shall, from this Dungeon, raise
A Soul enslav’d so many wayes?
With bolts of Bones, that fetter’d stands
In Feet; and manacled in Hands.
Here blinded with an Eye; and there
Deaf with the drumming of an Ear.
A Soul hung up, as ‘twere, in Chains
Of Nerves, and Arteries, and Veins.
Tortur’d, besides each other part,
In a vain Head, and double Heart.


O who shall me deliver whole,
From bonds of this Tyrannic Soul?
Which, stretcht upright, impales me so,
That mine own Precipice I go;
And warms and moves this needless Frame;
(A Fever could but do the same.)
And, wanting where its spight to try,
Has made me live to let me dye.
A Body that could never rest,Since this ill Spirit it possest.


What Magik could me thus confine
Within anothers Grief to pine?
Where whatsoever it complain,
I feel, that cannot feel, the pain,
And all my Care its self employes,
That to preserve, which me destroyes:
Constrain’d not only to indure
Diseases, but, whats worse, the Cure:
And ready oft the Port to gain,Am Shipwrackt into Health again.


But Physick yet could never reach
The Maladies Thou me dost teach;
Whom first the Cramp of Hope does Tear:
And then the Palsie Shakes of Fear.
The Pestilence of Love does heat:
Or Hatred’s hidden Ulcer eat.
Joy’s cheerful Madness does perplex:
Or Sorrow’s other Madness vex.
Which Knowledge forces me to know;
And Memory will not foregoe.
What but a Soul cold have the wit
To build me up for Sin so fit?
So Architects do square and hew
Green Trees that in the Forest grew.



Anonymous said...

i enjoyed the dialogue. there is always something interesting in this blog that makes it different than many other ones.


PS: you post rarely, is there a reason??? or just to keep your viewers more anxious. (I am from Toronto, Canada Too!!)

Bita said...

dear shadi,

We try to post as many as we can. sometimes, however, one hesitate as to post a new one, within a day, for reasons unknown to oneself!


And Thanks for Your ever Kind Words of Encouragement.


SERENDIP said...


Bita said...

I am glad you liked it