Learn More

Edmund Waller

(3 March 1606 – 21 October 1687 / Coleshill / Buckinghamshire / England)

Of My Lady Isabella Playing on the Lute


Such moving sounds from such a careless touch,
So unconcerned herself, and we so much!
What art is this, that with so little pains
Transports us thus, and o'er the spirit reigns?
The trembling strings about her fingers crowd
And tell their joy for every kiss aloud.
Small force there needs to make them tremble so;
Touched by that hand, who would not tremble too?
Here love takes stand, and while she charms the ear,
Empties his quiver on the listening deer:
Music so softens and disarms the mind
That not an arrow does resistance find.
Thus the fair tyrant celebrates the prize,
And acts herself the the triumph of her eyes.
So Nero once with harp in hand surveyed
His flaming Rome, and as it burned he played.

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003

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

Read poems about / on: music, kiss, joy

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 (Of My Lady Isabella Playing on the Lute by Edmund Waller )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

Trending Poets

Trending Poems

  1. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  2. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, Robert Frost
  3. The Saddest Poem, Pablo Neruda
  4. Daffodils, William Wordsworth
  5. If, Rudyard Kipling
  6. Acquainted with the Night, Robert Frost
  7. Nothing Gold Can Stay, Robert Frost
  8. Nature, natalie dejesus
  9. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda
  10. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou

Poem of the Day

poet James Whitcomb Riley

There! little girl; don't cry!
They have broken your doll, I know;
And your tea-set blue,
And your play-house, too,
Are things of the long ago;
...... Read complete »

   

New Poems

  1. Waves Within...., Umasree Raghunath
  2. Children of Peshawar! My heart bleeds fo.., Umasree Raghunath
  3. A History Of The Future- What's THAT? ? .., Bri Edwards
  4. Epistle therefrom Death, Sir Toby Moses
  5. Being Rich, Randy McClave
  6. Chief glory, gajanan mishra
  7. If I Get There, Luis Estable
  8. That Savor Is So, Luis Estable
  9. No One KnowsThe Pain I Feel, Luis Estable
  10. The Kentucky Hangnail, Randy McClave
[Hata Bildir]