Mark Akenside

(1721-1770 / England)

Inscriptions: IV: O Youths And Virgins


O youths and virgins: o declining eld:
O pale misfortune's slaves: o ye who dwell
Unknown with humble quiet; ye who wait
In courts, or fill the golden seat of kings:
O sons of sport and pleasure: o thou wretch
That weep'st for jealous love, or the sore wounds
Of conscious guilt, or death's rapacious hand
Which left thee void of hope: o ye who roam
In exile; ye who through the embattled field
Seek bright renown; or who for nobler palms
Contend, the leaders of a public cause;
Approach: behold this marble. Know ye not
The features? Hath not oft his faithful tongue
Told you the fashion of your own estate,
The secrets of your bosom? Here then, round
His monument with reverence while ye stand,
Say to each other: “This was Shakespear's form;
“Who walk'd in every path of human life,
“Felt every passion; and to all mankind
“Doth now, will ever, that experience yield
“Which his own genius only could acquire.”

Submitted: Saturday, April 17, 2010

Form:


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

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 (Inscriptions: IV: O Youths And Virgins by Mark Akenside )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

Trending Poets

Trending Poems

  1. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  2. Love After Love, Derek Walcott
  3. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  4. Annabel Lee, Edgar Allan Poe
  5. Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep, Mary Elizabeth Frye
  6. Be Kind, Charles Bukowski
  7. Dreams, Langston Hughes
  8. If, Rudyard Kipling
  9. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, Robert Frost
  10. Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night, Dylan Thomas

Poem of the Day

poet Hilaire Belloc

Matilda told such Dreadful Lies,
It made one Gasp and Stretch one's Eyes;
Her Aunt, who, from her Earliest Youth,
Had kept a Strict Regard for Truth,
Attempted to Believe Matilda:
...... Read complete »

   

Member Poem

New Poems

  1. All Just A Game, Spiritwind Wood
  2. Forever Black, Spiritwind Wood
  3. For the Love of Your Life, Sandra Feldman
  4. Flame Of My Soul, Spiritwind Wood
  5. Inside, Spiritwind Wood
  6. Until You Look Through My Eyes, Spiritwind Wood
  7. In the Span of Life, R B Seals
  8. Controlling The Narrative, Lawrence S. Pertillar
  9. Hallucinated, Lawrence S. Pertillar
  10. Livng In Fear To Live Life, Lawrence S. Pertillar
[Hata Bildir]