Tichborne’s Elegy

Chidiock Tichborne (c.1562-1586)

AG: One thing we forgot was  Chidiock Tichborne‘s elegy (on page one-three-two). That has a really pretty tune. I overlooked it last time – (one-thirty-two of the Norton (anthology)). Written in his own hand, in the tower, before his execution. So, he only had a few.. like..  that day to live. So what did he have to say? – It’s really great and it’s on the same line as Sir Walter Raleigh’s “The Lie” (remember we did that.. “”Tell men of high condition,/That manage the estate,/Their purpose is ambition… give them all the lie.” – … Read More

“Nature That Washed Her Hands in Milk”

AG: [continuing with the poems of Sir Walter Raleigh] –  Then, there’s some pretty snow, snow stuff – snow and milk  – page 137. A couple of… that one stanza there, one or two stanzas ,that are on .. well some of the same theme [suffering and death]. The first line of “Nature, That Washed Her Hands In Milk” – that’s a real cute.. “Nature that washed her hands in milk”, that’s a real weird, sweet notion ((Jack) Kerouac wrote a lot of poems about man is existing in milk and living in lilies (sic). He … Read More

Walter Raleigh’s “The Lie”

   
The Buddha teaching The Four Noble Truths. Sanskrit Astasahsrika Prajnaparamita Sutra   manuscript, written in the Ranjana script,  Nalanda, Bihar, India, circa 700-1100 CE

AG: I’d like to go with  (Walter Raleigh‘s) “The Lie” because that gets into the heavy-metal suffering – The First Noble Truth – when people really are on the verge of death and seeing life as a maya, samsara, evidence of shadow, even in Elizabethan days. So it’s First Noble Truth. Second Noble Truth, suffering, transitoriness. However, the Third Noble Truth, un-atman – the Buddhist notion of un-atman (no soul, … Read More

“Even Such is Time” (Raleigh’s Execution)

The execution of Sir Walter Raleigh (1552-1618) on 29 October, 1618, at Old Palace Yard, Westminster, London (Anonymous Eighteenth-Century English engraving)

AG: So, then.. Student: Why was (Walter) Raleigh executed? AG: I don’t know. Let’s see, He went.. did go to Virginia or something, and… politics.. [Students brief discussion]  – (Did he stay?) AG: No, no he went back to England…” The night before his execution” [“Even Such Is Time”], published in 1628:

Even such is Time, that takes in trust Our youth, our joys, our all we have, And pays us but with earth and … Read More

Marlowe & Raleigh (The Passionate Shepherd)

 

Abraham Bloemaert – Shepherd and Shepherdess (1627) oil on canvas – in the collection of Niedersächsisches Landesmuseum, Hannover (Germany)

AG: Does everybody here from high school remember (Christopher) Marlowe and (Walter) Raleigh‘s little complimentary poems, “The Passionate Shepherd to His Love” and “The Nymph’s Reply to the Shepherd“? Has everybody read those? – A few. Well, let’s get on to those.  [Editorial note – Earlier recordings of Allen reading those two poems can be found here] Do you want to read… Let’s start with the Marlowe. Rachel [sic], do you want to read that? … Read More