Sunday Poetry – John Dryden

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I’ve just finished reading Long Live Great Bardfield, the autobiography of Tirzah Garwood. I enjoyed it very much & read it in great gulps, a hundred pages at a time. At the end of a difficult year for Tirzah she quotes this short verse by Dryden, the Chorus of The Secular Masque, which you can read here. The verse was included in a New Year’s card & sums up theat New Year feeling of taking a breath & hoping the new year will be happier.

All, all of a piece throughout;
Thy chase had a beast in view;
Thy wars brought nothing about;
Thy lovers were all untrue.
‘Tis well an old age is out,
And time to begin a new.

2 thoughts on “Sunday Poetry – John Dryden

  1. I like the poetry. Very appropriate. I’ve also been debating about buying the Bardfield book. I don’t know anything about the author or her life, but an article and excerpts in the Persephone catalog made it sound interesting. With your recommendation, I think I’ll take the plunge and buy a copy.

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