"One day I wrote her name upon the Strand"


Poems / Thursday, March 16th, 2006

I got this through the minstrel’s egroup which sends a daily poem via email.

and i had to share it…

“One Day I Wrote Her Name Upon the Strand (Amoretti LXXV)”

One day I wrote her name upon the strand,
But came the waves and washed it away;
Again I wrote it with a second hand,
But came the tide and made my pains his prey.
“Vain man,” said she “thou dost in vain assay
A mortal thing so to immortalize,
For I myself shall like to this decay,
And eke my name be wiped out likewise.”
“Not so,” quoth I “let baser things devise
To die in dust, but you shall live by fame:
My verse your virtues rare shall eternize,
And in the heavens write your glorious name;
Where, whenas death shall all the world subdue,
Our love shall live, and later life renew.”

— Edmund Spenser

Note: The Amoretti are a series of eighty nine sonnets Spenser wrote to commemorate his courtship of his second wife, Elizabeth Boyle. A companion
piece, ‘Epithalamion’, honours their wedding.

14 Replies to “"One day I wrote her name upon the Strand"”

  1. heathen knave, where is the poetry in thy soul, art thou
    so full of dreadful puns that thee
    cannot appreciate poetry

  2. >thee cannot appreciate poetry

    Not really. I’m cruel and vindictive. I like blood.

    >where is the poetry in thy soul

    Safely hidden where it can’t get out and inflict some unfortunate with feeble limericks on clouds and daffodils. As for my soul…I bartered it for some Belgian beer ages ago.

    What the devil are the Amoretti? A chain of Amoretto’s? I never thought you would stoop to promoting a brand on your personal blog. How much does blogspot pay you for this? Be honest, now.

  3. >thee cannot appreciate poetryNot really. I’m cruel and vindictive. I like blood.>where is the poetry in thy soulSafely hidden where it can’t get out and inflict some unfortunate with feeble limericks on clouds and daffodils. As for my soul…I bartered it for some Belgian beer ages ago.What the devil are the Amoretti? A chain of Amoretto’s? I never thought you would stoop to promoting a brand on your personal blog. How much does blogspot pay you for this? Be honest, now.

  4. incredibly swt of you to welcome me back.but to tag me as a welcome…
    🙂
    ok i suppose
    wish u wr in kolkata to watch my nu play…
    alas alas alas…
    *sigh*

  5. @ rishi – that’s exactly what i thought when i read ‘amoretti’…

    @ addie – i wish the same..actually i wish you were in mumbai to autograph your book of poems!

  6. @ rishi – that’s exactly what i thought when i read ‘amoretti’…@ addie – i wish the same..actually i wish you were in mumbai to autograph your book of poems!

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