Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Tuesday Poem: Upon a Spider Catching a Fly by Edward Taylor (1642-1729)

Continuing the spider theme this week and harking back to ye olde poets.  As a Puritan, many of Edward Taylor's poems have more than the religious overtones in this one, but I like this for its keen observation, and strong sense of rhyme, rhythmn, and of course the curious use of English back in ye olden tymes. ;)
Have a fantastic week, and don't forget, as always, there are many awesome poems up on the Tuesday Poem Blog.

A.J. Ponder
and with no more ado enjoy - 

Upon a Spider Catching a Fly by Edward Taylor (1642-1729)

Thou sorrow, venom Elfe:
      Is this thy play,
To spin a web out of thyselfe
      To Catch a Fly?
            For Why?

I saw a pettish wasp
      Fall foule therein:
Whom yet thy Whorle pins did not clasp
      Lest he should fling
            His sting.

But as affraid, remote
      Didst stand hereat,
And with thy little fingers stroke
      And gently tap
            His back.

Thus gently him didst treate
      Lest he should pet,
And in a froppish, aspish heate
      Should greatly fret
            Thy net.

Whereas the silly Fly,
      Caught by its leg
Thou by the throate tookst hastily
      And 'hinde the head
            Bite Dead.

This goes to pot, that not
      Nature doth call.
Strive not above what strength hath got,
      Lest in the brawle
            Thou fall.

This Frey seems thus to us.
      Hells Spider gets
His intrails spun to whip Cords thus
      And wove to nets
            And sets.

To tangle Adams race
      In's stratigems
To their Destructions, spoil'd, made base
      By venom things,
            Damn'd Sins.

But mighty, Gracious Lord
Thy Grace to breake the Cord, afford
      Us Glorys Gate
            And State.

We'l Nightingaile sing like
      When pearcht on high
In Glories Cage, thy glory, bright,
      And thankfully,
            For joy.

1 comment:

  1. Oh I love the sounds of this. We read aloud and it's a mouthful -- but fun! Thanks for posting. A fun week of poetry!