(poem of the day) ‘The Metamorphosed Gypsies’ by Ben Jonson

The Metamorphosed Gypsies (excerpt)

Ben Jonson

Benjamin Jonson, after Abraham van Blyenberch....

Benjamin Jonson, after Abraham van Blyenberch. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

1The fairy beam upon you,
2The stars to glister on you;
3 A moon of light
4 In the noon of night,
5Till the fire-drake hath o’ergone you.
6The wheel of fortune guide you
7The boy with the bow beside you;
8 Run aye in the way
9 Till the bird of day,
10And the luckier lot betide you.

11 To the old, long life and treasure,
12To the young, all health and pleasure;
13 To the fair, their face
14 With eternal grace,
15And the foul to be lov’d at leisure.
16To the witty, all clear mirrors,
17To the foolish, their dark errors;
18 To the loving sprite,
19 A secure delight;
20To the jealous, his own false terrors.

Notes

5] firedrake: will-o’-the-wisp.

7] boy with the bow: Cupid.


Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.


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2 thoughts on “(poem of the day) ‘The Metamorphosed Gypsies’ by Ben Jonson

  1. Teresa Cleveland Wendel says:

    I love the use of language in this poem. Thanks for sharing it.

  2. yeltnuh says:

    I am hoping for an occasion to use what could be my favourite verb: “to glister.” A word that makes you think of blister and glisten in one move.

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