Delia 53: Unhappy pen and ill accepted papers

By Samuel Daniel 1562–1619 Samuel Daniel
Unhappy pen and ill accepted papers,
That intimate in vain my chaste desires,
My chaste desires, the ever burning tapers,
Enkindled by her eyes’ celestial fires.
Celestial fires and unrespecting powers,
That deign not view the glory of your might,
In humble lines the work of careful hours,
The sacrifice I offer to her sight.
But since she scorns her own, this rests for me,
I’ll moan my self, and hide the wrong I have:
And so content me that her frowns should be
To my infant style the cradle, and the grave.
What though my self no honor get thereby,
Each bird sings t’herself, and so will I.

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Poet Samuel Daniel 1562–1619


SCHOOL / PERIOD Renaissance

Subjects Love, Desire, Infatuation & Crushes, Unrequited Love


Though admired as a lyric poet and historian, Samuel Daniel has found few enthusiastic readers for his dramatic works. Sober minded, restrained, reflective, and frequently prosaic, Daniel stands outside the popular-stage tradition, yet as an innovator he is of considerable importance in the history of Renaissance drama. Cleopatra is one of the earliest and best attempts to transplant French Senecan closet drama to the English . . .

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SUBJECT Love, Desire, Infatuation & Crushes, Unrequited Love


SCHOOL / PERIOD Renaissance

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Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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