Poem by Chidioch Tychborne in the Tower of London

If it's on your mind and it has to do with multiple sclerosis in any way, post it here.

Poem by Chidioch Tychborne in the Tower of London

Postby gibbledygook » Fri Nov 04, 2005 8:05 am

This poem was written before Chidioch's execution. When I heard it yesterday it brought back all the anguish of diagnosis and the life to which we are condemned.

My prime of youth is but a frost of cares,
my feast of joy is but a dish of paine:
My crop of corne is but a field of tares,
and al my good is but vaine hope of gaine.
The day is past, and yet I saw no sunne;
And now I live, and now my life is done.

My tale was heard, and yet it was not told,
my fruite is falne, and yet my leaves are greene:
My youth is spent, and yet I am not old,
I saw the world, and yet I was not seene.
My thred is cut, and yet it is not spunne;
And now I live, and now my life is done.

I sought my death, and founde it in my wombe,
I lookt for life and saw it was a shade:
I trode the earth, and knew it was my tombe,
and now I die, and now I was but made.
My glasse is full, and now my glasse is runne;
And now I live, and now my life is done.
User avatar
gibbledygook
Family Elder
 
Posts: 1408
Joined: Mon Feb 14, 2005 4:00 pm
Location: London

Advertisement

Re: Poem by Chidioch Tychborne in the Tower of London

Postby JFH » Fri Nov 04, 2005 10:13 am

Quoting poetry, gibbledygook wrote:... and now my life is done.
Well I'm buggered if I'm going to think my life done! 8O I've felt particulary awful this past month but I aint done for yet! :wink:
John
I am what I am
User avatar
JFH
Family Elder
 
Posts: 288
Joined: Sun Jul 11, 2004 3:00 pm
Location: England

Postby gibbledygook » Fri Nov 04, 2005 12:47 pm

Well quite right. These are after all the musings of a man about to be executed and none of us, I hope, is facing that! But somehow the verses really sang to me especially when I heard them in a heart-rending depiction of Elizabeth I by Helen Mirren on UK's indomitable Channel 4.

So forgive the sorrowful self-indulgence!
User avatar
gibbledygook
Family Elder
 
Posts: 1408
Joined: Mon Feb 14, 2005 4:00 pm
Location: London


Return to General Discussion

 


  • Related topics
    Replies
    Views
    Last post

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users