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Marlowe Poem Fragment

Found this today-- Sweet boy. A fragment, here only maybe he meant to use it for something later. It reminds me a little of how I pictured Archie and Horatio by the pond in Kent.


I WALK'D along a stream, for pureness rare,
Brighter than sun-shine; for it did acquaint
The dullest sight with all the glorious prey That in the pebble-paved channel lay.

No molten crystal, but a richer mine,
Even Nature's rarest alchymy ran there
,-- Diamonds resolv'd, and substance more divine,
Through whose bright-gliding current might appear
A thousand naked nymphs, whose ivory shine,
Enamelling the banks, made them more dear
Than ever was that glorious palace' gate Where the day-shining Sun in triumph sate.

Upon this brim the eglantine and rose,
The tamarisk, olive, and the almond tree,
As kind companions, in one union grows,
Folding their twining arms, as oft we see Turtle-taught lovers either other close,
Lending to dulness feeling sympathy;
And as a costly valance o'er a bed, So did their garland-tops the brook o'erspread.

Their leaves, that differ'd both in shape and show,
Though all were green, yet difference such in green,
Like to the checker'd bent of Iris' bow, Prided the running main, as it had been--



I wonder what place he had in mind, writing this. He was a city boy. But cities had edges, and boys can roam. Or maybe he was picturing Scadbury. This sounds like a lovely place for newts...

Comments

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nodbear
Oct. 4th, 2012 02:36 pm (UTC)
A lovely fragment - thank you !


For six years some while ago now I lived about a mile up the road from Scadbury and there are certainly eglantine roses to be seen there - it is these days an oasis of relative calm right next to the traffic roaring into London on the A20 and has water and trees and indeed is a country place on the very edge of the greater London sprawl.
I am due near there for something work related at the end of the month and will see if I Ccan photograph you something suitable:)
eglantine_br
Oct. 4th, 2012 02:50 pm (UTC)
Oh, would you? I would love that. Anything you want to take pictures of. Maybe you will see one of the special newts!

Also, hi. How are you?

You are, yourself, as elusive as the Great Crested Newt.
nodbear
Oct. 4th, 2012 02:56 pm (UTC)
Not quite = though I have a lot to catch up on here on LJ I know but I am tyring to get there :~

will investigate the newt situation !

email follows hopefully
bauhiniakapok
Dec. 16th, 2016 05:11 am (UTC)
I am wondering about the tamarisk and olive. That sounds more Mediterranean, does it not? And almond trees? Do they grow in England?
amaraal
Oct. 4th, 2012 05:32 pm (UTC)
You were right - he had a way with words... *stares*
eglantine_br
Oct. 4th, 2012 07:47 pm (UTC)
Look look, he rhymed "appear" with "there." I can almost hear his voice!

julian_griffith
Oct. 4th, 2012 10:56 pm (UTC)
It's lovely. Thank you for putting it up.
eglantine_br
Oct. 5th, 2012 01:59 am (UTC)
He really had a thing for naked nymphs. Of course he preferred boy nymphs-- unless he meant baby mosquitos.
julian_griffith
Oct. 5th, 2012 02:12 am (UTC)
I am well pleased by both boy and girl naked nymphs, but will not argue with anyone's preference! Boy nymphs are lovely.
eglantine_br
Oct. 5th, 2012 04:32 am (UTC)
True. Very true.
anteros_lmc
Oct. 5th, 2012 06:54 pm (UTC)
What a lovely piece! It was National Poetry Day here when you posted this and it made me smile, though I didn't have a chance to comment.
eglantine_br
Oct. 5th, 2012 08:15 pm (UTC)
I like it very much too. I can see the little stream under the trees very clearly, as he describes it. It must have been a good day for him, a chance to relax.
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