Personal Favorites, Part 4: Tribute to Alfred Noyes

The following is different from most of my work, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s a glosa, which is a form of poetry in which the first stanza is a stanza selected from another poet’s work, and the subsequent stanzas expand on the theme in your own words, concluding the stanza with each line of the first stanza, in order. In other words, if your borrowed stanza is six lines, you’ll have a total of seven stanzas in your finished piece. This is taken from Alfred Noyes’ “Song of Sherwood” which can be found here: The Robin Hood Project.

Merry, merry England has kissed the lips of June:
All the wings of fairyland were here beneath the moon,
Like a flight of rose-leaves fluttering in a mist
Of opal and ruby and pearl and amethyst.

Come away in twilight and let the echo ring
We haven’t any cause to fear, but oh, much cause to sing.
Hasten now your footsteps for the dawn comes all too soon–
Merry, Merry England has kissed the lips of June.

Blue-eyed infant soldier, leave aside your cares
And follow goblin market-calls for any soul who dares
Awaken earth and night-time mist, laden with a tune;
All the wings of fairy-land are here beneath the moon.

And we are full of mettle, we without a home
Amongst the mortal dreamers, sleeping in the gloam.
Steal into the fairy rings and hear them coming–hist!
Like a flight of rose-leaves fluttering in a mist.

The silent air explodes with mirth for we are of this place,
And hearts belonging to this world will see through time and space.
Quickly now, the dawn comes–we’ll dream of midnight trysts
Of opal and ruby and pearl and amethyst.

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