Wednesday, 23 May 2012

O Death, Rock Me Asleep

This is the first of seven poems I plan to post here. They have given me great joy and food for thoughts and have become my favorites.

"O Death, Rock Me Asleep" is a poem by Lady Anne Boleyn (1501-1536). It is widely presumed that she penned this poem while awaiting execution. The pathos in her writing is unmistakable, the philosophy is her words, undeniable.



"O Death, rock me asleep,
Bring me to quiet rest,
Let pass my weary guiltless ghost
Out of my careful breast.
Toll on, thou passing bell;
Ring out my doleful knell;
Let thy sound my death tell.
Death doth draw nigh;
There is no remedy.

My pains who can express?
Alas, they are so strong;
My dolour will not suffer strength
My life for to prolong.
Toll on, thou passing bell;
Ring out my doleful knell;
Let thy sound my death tell.
Death doth draw nigh;
There is no remedy.

Alone in prison strong
I wait my destiny.
Woe worth this cruel hap that I
Should taste this misery!
Toll on, thou passing bell;
Ring out my doleful knell;
Let thy sound my death tell.
Death doth draw nigh;
There is no remedy.

Farewell, my pleasures past,
Welcome, my present pain!
I feel my torments so increase
That life cannot remain.
Cease now, thou passing bell;
Rung is my doleful knell;
For the sound my death doth tell.
Death doth draw nigh;
There is no remedy."

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

An Update

It was hard to stay off the computer for an extended period of time. I got hit with a nasty attack of frozen shoulder, and it meant following a very strict regimen of computer time that was minimal. I spent my free hours reading books, poems and articles and now feeling decidedly better.

Since I still cannot spend many extra hours pursuing my interests in Excel for still some months to come, I've decided to fill this void in my blog by posting some of my favorites poems instead. I hope this will be a welcome change in the contents of this site.