Caelica 29: [The nurse-life wheat within his green husk growing]

By Baron Brooke Fulke Greville 1554–1628 Fulke Greville
The nurse-life wheat within his green husk growing,
Flatters our hope, and tickles our desire,
Nature’s true riches in sweet beauties showing,
Which sets all hearts, with labor’s love, on fire.

No less fair is the wheat when golden ear
Shows unto hope the joys of near enjoying;
Fair and sweet is the bud, more sweet and fair
the rose, which proves that time is not destroying.

Caelica, your youth, the morning of delight,
Enamel’d o’er with beauties white and red,
All sense and thoughts did to belief invite,
That love and glory there are brought to bed;
      And your ripe year’s love-noon; he goes no higher,
      Turns all the spirits of man into desire.

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Poet Baron Brooke Fulke Greville 1554–1628

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD 17th Century

Subjects Love, Desire

Baron Brooke Fulke  Greville

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Fulke Greville, first Lord Brooke, survived most of his contemporaries. His active literary life of almost fifty years (the late 1570s to the 1620s) makes him the principal courtly writer of the Elizabethan and Jacobean eras (apart from his short-lived friend Sir Philip Sidney). Although some attention has been paid to him as a writer of short poems, the main interest in Greville has been focused not on his closet dramas Alaham . . .

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SUBJECT Love, Desire

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD 17th Century

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Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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