Orpheus and Eurydice

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Orpheus and Eurydice

Postby Saturn » Wed Sep 12, 2007 10:11 pm

Orpheus and Eurydice

Dragged off to Pluto's realm,
Before your appointed time,
Sweet Eurydice, art thou gone?
And must I ever be now alone?

In sorrow I sing a sad song
That makes stones weep;
Even Gods, and nymphs cry
Great Nature laments my loss.

On Hades I pour vile scorn,
Wade the infernal streams.
I threaten dread Charon,
Lull Cerberus to his sleep.

Minos I defy and ev'ry judge
Keeping my love from me.
My sweetly sad song will
Soften hearts e'en as foul

And black as Hades' King.
So I take my lyre in hand
And play until I bleed red
Such a forlorn sad lament.

So if my wish is granted,
Must then I never look?
Can I not even peer behind
To glimpse a hard won bride?

Must only her soft footfall
Echo coldly on these ears?
Must these starving eyes
Not on her beauty feast?

Doubt plagues my soul:
What if Pluto was false?
Does a black spirit follow,
A shadowy daemon's tread?

So one last look I steal,
Oh, that so fatal glance.
Instantly I see you fade
In a whisper back to gloom.

Ripped away from my arms,
Taken there from my sight,
Dis' gate now fearful yawns
To reclaim your wretched soul.

And now, hopeless, broken,
Dizzy I roam. Sore, I wail
A desolate cry of discords
Are the only songs that ring.

I, who once proudly tamed
The ferocious lion so wild ,
And tigers soothed to bed
Cannot now sing a song

To medicine a stuck heart
That roars so loud within.
So come one and come all
You cruel Thracian dames:

Tear me limb from limb
Scatter all these my bones
Throw them deep to sea,
Let my dark spirit wander,

My punishment it is just.
If only I had patient been,
Leaving curiosity behind,
And in the Gods put trust.
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Postby dks » Tue Oct 02, 2007 8:03 pm

You know, I have never been successful in wielding Classical allusions in my poetry (if that is what you call what I write). I don't even dare venture onto that Olympian platform--I'm afraid of bungling the beauty of it!

Stephen, you do this extremely well and you string together those magnificent references so palatably and deliciously that it is sometimes difficult for me to mine the meaning beyond the rich texture of the stanzas...

I love these lines:

In sorrow I sing a sad song
That makes stones weep...


and these:

I, who once proudly tamed
The ferocious lion so wild ,
And tigers soothed to bed
Cannot now sing a song

To medicine a stuck heart
That roars so loud within.
So come one and come all
You cruel Thracian dames...


Very nice, indeed. :!:
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