Guest poem submitted by Fraser Spratt :
(Poem #1695) As You Came from the Holy Land
As you came from the holy land Of Walsinghame, Met you not with my true love By the way as you came ? How shall I know your true love, That have met many one, As I went to the holy land, That have come, that have gone ? She is neither white nor brown, But as the heavens fair ; There is none hath a form so divine In the earth or the air. Such a one did I meet, good sir, Such an angel-like face, Who like a queen, like a nymph, did appear, By her gait, by her grace. She hath left me here all alone, All alone, as unknown, Who sometimes did me lead with herself, And me loved as her own. What's the cause that she leaves you alone, And a new way doth take, Who loved you once as her own, And her joy did you make ? I have loved her all my youth, But now old, as you see, Love likes not the falling fruit From the withered tree. Know that Love is a careless child, And forgets promise past ; He is blind, he is deaf when he list, And in faith never fast. His desire is a dureless content, And a trustless joy ; He is won with a world of despair, And is lost with a toy. Of womankind such indeed is the love, Or the word love abusèd, Under which many childish desires And conceits are excusèd. But true love is a durable fire, In the mind ever burning, Never sick, never old, never dead, From itself never turning.
I've been listening to Andrew Motion's "A Map of British Poetry" series on Radio 4  and have simply been blown away by every show. The vast range of poetry that is being performed is amazing, and all the actors they've hired are simply outstanding, Simon Russell Beale especially. It was his reading of this poem I'm submitting that opened my eyes, if you will, to just how moving poetry can be. And you know, there's a lot of brilliant analysis in this archive, and for that I applaud all involved. It can, however, feel slightly unnecessary and intimidating on occasion. That of course may simply be my limited experience showing through. Nevertheless, I know what effects me emotionally and this poem most certainly does that. Fraser.  http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/arts/mapportal.shtml