Robert Southwell

(1561 - 1595 / England)

Robert Southwell Poems

1. New Heaven, New War 3/4/2014
2. Content And Rich 4/20/2010
3. Upon The Image Of Death 4/20/2010
4. Love's Servile Lot 1/1/2004
5. Look Home 1/1/2004
6. New Prince New Pomp 1/1/2004
7. The Nativity Of Christ 1/1/2004
8. A Child My Choice 1/1/2004
9. The Burning Babe 1/4/2003
10. Man's Civil War 1/1/2004
Best Poem of Robert Southwell

Man's Civil War

MY hovering thoughts would fly to heaven
And quiet nestle in the sky,
Fain would my ship in Virtue's shore
Without remove at anchor lie.

But mounting thoughts are haled down
With heavy poise of mortal load,
And blustring storms deny my ship
In Virtue's haven secure abode.

When inward eye to heavenly sights
Doth draw my longing heart's desire,
The world with jesses of delights
Would to her perch my thoughts retire,

Fon Fancy trains to Pleasure's lure,
Though Reason stiffly do repine;
Though Wisdom woo me to the saint,
Yet ...

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