Of the din and of the darkness

Come, therefore, mournful Muses, and lament;

And sorrow feed, feeding our souls with sorrow,

Lost to all music now, since everything

From the dull confines of the drooping West

Death says he will undo and drag down low,

And whisper to their souls to go.

Aye, we must die an everlasting death

And see the brave day sunk in hideous night,

His rage, with razing your immortal town,

The burg broken and burnt to brands and ashes.

When night’s black mantle could most darkness prove

A true retreat of sorrow and despair,

Let us roll all our strength, and all

We shall new shadows make the other way.

 

Another cento, title from Piers Plowman. Click the last word of each line to find its source.

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14 thoughts on “Of the din and of the darkness

  1. Love all of it, Jennifer! Especially these lines – “His rage, with razing your immortal town,
    The burg broken and burnt to brands and ashes.
    When night’s black mantle could most darkness prove…”
    work so so well.

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    1. Thank you. It was fun to go back to the oldies and play with all that high diction and beautiful iambic pentameter. 🙂

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    1. They are really too much fun. I’m glad I know it’s a thing now, to patch together other people’s brilliant words. 🙂

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  2. Each line reinforces the one that came before, and the world becomes a little darker until the end where “new shadows make the other way.” A haunting cento, beautifully composed.

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    1. Thank you, Meg. I wondered a lot if that last line did imply a positive shift…it did for me, anyway, whatever Donne intended. 🙂

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