Tuesday, September 11

How Soon Hath Time



One of the most intelligent and enlightened-seventeenth-century Englishman of Literary talent is John Milton (1606-1674). And of course, in order to understand this man of pen, you need to get your hands on Paradise Lost, or at least indulge in Lycidas, but till then, listen to the echo of Milton’s mind—when he was a twenty-year-old-poet-- in How Soon Hath Time.


How soon hath Time, the subtle thief of youth,
Stol’n on his wing my three and twenteith year!
My hasting days fly on with full career,
But my late spring no bud or blossom show’th.
Perhaps my semblance might deceive the truth,
That I to manhood am arriv’d s near,
And inward ripeness doth much less appear,
That some more timely-happy spirits endu’th.
Yet be it less or more, or soon or slow,
It shall be still in strictest measure ev’n
To that same lot, however mean or high,
Toward which Time leads me, and the will of Heav’n;
All is, if I have grace to use it so,
As ever in my great task-Master’s eye.
Katayoun

3 comments:

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serendip said...

I agree. What a talen at that young age. Thank you.

Bita said...

Joshua,

Tried to explore you blogs, however, i am unable to do so, for they are not written in English, French, or Farsi. but thanks for your visit.--

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Serendip Jan,

Every once in a while we need poetry to boost our Morale.