Learn More

John Fletcher

(20 December 1579 - 29 August 1625 / Rye, Sussex, England)

Orpheus I am, Come from the Deeps Below


Orpheus I am, come from the deeps below,
To thee, fond man, the plagues of love to show.
To the fair fields where loves eternal dwell
There's none that come, but first they pass through hell:
Hark, and beware! unless thou hast loved, ever
Beloved again, thou shalt see those joys never.

Hark how they groan that died despairing!
Oh, take heed, then!
Hark how they howl for over-daring!
All these were men.

They that be fools, and die for fame,
They lose their name;
And they that bleed,
Hark how they speed!

Now in cold frosts, now scorching fires
They sit, and curse their lost desires;
Nor shall these souls be free from pains and fears,
Till women waft them over in their tears.

Submitted: Wednesday, August 22, 2012

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 (Orpheus I am, Come from the Deeps Below by John Fletcher )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

Trending Poets

Trending Poems

  1. A Child's Christmas in Wales, Dylan Thomas
  2. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  3. Annabel Lee, Edgar Allan Poe
  4. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  5. Dreams, Langston Hughes
  6. All the World's a Stage, William Shakespeare
  7. Key to My Heart, Whitney Brown
  8. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, Robert Frost
  9. Christmas Trees, Robert Frost
  10. Merry Christmas Dad, David Boyce

Poem of the Day

poet Christina Georgina Rossetti

Go from me, summer friends, and tarry not:
I am no summer friend, but wintry cold,
A silly sheep benighted from the fold,
A sluggard with a thorn-choked garden plot.
...... Read complete »

   

New Poems

  1. Until Next Time, Jennifer Colyne Hall
  2. Unity and strength., Gangadharan nair Pulingat..
  3. That shall keep, hasmukh amathalal
  4. Change the scene, hasmukh amathalal
  5. To Whom It May Concern, Dorothy (Alves) Holmes
  6. Unsuitable, Lawrence S. Pertillar
  7. People of Pernambuco 2, Kim Barney
  8. Strange Foods: Oatmeal Omelet, Kim Barney
  9. Not a Real Poem 2, Kim Barney
  10. A Christmas with Simplicity, Akhtar Jawad
[Hata Bildir]