John Dryden

(1631 - 1700 / England)

Ask not the cause why sullen spring


Ask not the cause why sullen spring
So long delays her flow'rs to bear;
Why warbling birds forget to sing,
And winter storms invert the year?
Chloris is gone; and Fate provides
To make it spring where she resides.

Chloris is gone, the cruel fair;
She cast not back a pitying eye:
But left her lover in despair,
To sigh, to languish, and to die:
Ah, how can those fair eyes endure
To give the wounds they will not cure!

Great god of Love, why hast thou made
A face that can all hearts command,
That all religions can invade,
And change the laws of ev'ry land?
Where thou hadst plac'd such pow'r before,
Thou shouldst have made her mercy more.

When Chloris to the temple comes,
Adoring crowds before her fall;
She can restore the dead from tombs,
And ev'ry life but mine recall.
I only am by love design'd
To be the victim for mankind.Credits and CopyrightTogether with the editors, the Department ofEnglish (University of Toronto), and the University of Toronto Press,the following individuals share copyright for the work that wentinto this edition:Screen Design (Electronic Edition): Sian Meikle (University ofToronto Library)Scanning: Sharine Leung (Centre for Computing in the Humanities)

Submitted: Thursday, January 01, 2004

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

What do you think this poem is about?



Read poems about / on: spring, despair, winter, fate, change, work, god

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (Ask not the cause why sullen spring by John Dryden )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

PoemHunter.com Updates

New Poems

  1. The Forest: In between the branches, Jeremy Horsford
  2. Regretful love, Andrea Lopez
  3. The stars, her eyes and Love, Ayotunde Bolaji
  4. I Know I Have A Heart, Poetic Lilly Emery
  5. Silence, RAJ VIKRAM
  6. Lost Butterfly, Poetic Lilly Emery
  7. For every smile there Star Bucks., Raymond Sawyer
  8. why i wear thermals, Mandolyn ...
  9. The Secret Of The Universe, Melissa Cantrell
  10. Paradise, Sharvali Shinde

Poem of the Day

poet George Gordon Byron

It is the hour when from the boughs
The nightingale's high note is heard;
It is the hour -- when lover's vows
Seem sweet in every whisper'd word;
And gentle winds and waters near,
...... Read complete »

 

Modern Poem

poet May Swenson

 

Member Poem

Trending Poems

  1. Annabel Lee, Edgar Allan Poe
  2. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  3. A Dream Within A Dream, Edgar Allan Poe
  4. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  5. How to Write the Great American Indian N.., Sherman Alexie
  6. Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou
  7. Dreams, Langston Hughes
  8. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
  9. All the World's a Stage, William Shakespeare
  10. Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night, Dylan Thomas

Trending Poets

[Hata Bildir]