Edmund Spenser

(1552 - 13 January 1599 / London / England)

Easter


MOST glorious Lord of Lyfe! that, on this day,
Didst make Thy triumph over death and sin;
And, having harrowd hell, didst bring away
Captivity thence captive, us to win:
This joyous day, deare Lord, with joy begin;
And grant that we, for whom thou diddest dye,
Being with Thy deare blood clene washt from sin,
May live for ever in felicity!

And that Thy love we weighing worthily,
May likewise love Thee for the same againe;
And for Thy sake, that all lyke deare didst buy,
With love may one another entertayne!
   So let us love, deare Love, lyke as we ought,
   --Love is the lesson which the Lord us taught.

Submitted: Saturday, January 04, 2003

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  • Rookie - 278 Points Rekha Mandagere (12/13/2011 3:29:00 AM)

    'Love' is one of the precious jewels God has gifted us. The whole humankind is surviving even today with this universal value. There is happiness in giving rather than taking. Let us take inspiration to love each other grasping the depth of it. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 459 Points Ramesh T A (12/13/2009 1:03:00 AM)

    Everything the Lord has done for love to prevail in the world has to be cherished indeed for humankind to survive, sustain and succeed in noble ventures! Nice message! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Michael Pruchnicki (12/13/2008 1:01:00 PM)

    Edmund Spenser's 'Easter, ' rhyming abab baba / babacc, is an Italian sonnet divided into octet and sestet. Lots of emotion and feelings went into its composition, according to S. Morris, and I agree wholeheartedly on that score, but do not forget the skill and artifice of the poet. After all, poems do not spring forth from the hand of God without the work of the poet! How does this sonnet mean?

    Read again, one notes that the 14 lines of the sonnet are arranged in couplets, as indicated by the punctuation and the iambic pentameter beat. This system makes for a poem interconnected throughout, ending with a rhyming couplet that stresses 'ought' and 'taught'! On this day of Easter, the Lord of Life triumphs over death and sin, the poet asserts, and therefore by his sacrifice and devotion freed us in order that we may live forever in happiness. Let us do likewise, the poet says to his lover, since the Lord taught us how to love another!

    Triple hallujah! (Report) Reply

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