Caelica 83: [You that seek what life is in death]

By Baron Brooke Fulke Greville 1554–1628 Fulke Greville
You that seek what life is in death,
Now find it air that once was breath.
New names unknown, old names gone:
Till time end bodies, but souls none.
            Reader! then make time, while you be,
            But steps to your eternity.

Source: Elizabethan Sonnet-Cycles, edited by Martha Foote Crow (1898)

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Poet Baron Brooke Fulke Greville 1554–1628

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD 17th Century

Subjects Living, Life Choices

Baron Brooke Fulke  Greville

Biography

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 Living, Life Choices

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD 17th Century

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Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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