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Poem by Robert Herrick


THOU soft-flowing Avon, by thy silver stream
Of things more than mortal sweet Shakespeare would dream,
The fairies by moonlight dance round his green bed
For hallowed the turf is which pillowed his head.

The love-stricken maiden, the soft-sighing swain,
Here rove without danger, and sigh without pain:
The sweet bud of beauty no blight shall here dread,
For hallowed the turf is which pillowed his head.

Here youth shall be famed for their love and their truth,
And cheerful old age feel the spirit of youth;
For the raptures of fancy here poets shall tread,
For hallowed the turf is that pillowed his head.

Flow on, silver Avon, in song ever flow!
Be the swans on thy borders still whiter than snow!
Ever full be thy stream, like his fame may it spread!
And the turf ever hallowed which pillowed his head.

Robert Herrick

Poem Theme: William Shakespeare

Robert Herrick's other poems:
  1. His Teares to Thamasis
  2. On Himself (Lost to the world; lost to myself)
  3. The Plaudite, or End of Life
  4. To Sapho
  5. Upon Julia's Recovery

Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • Matthew Arnold Shakespeare ("Others abide our question. Thou art free")
  • Thomas Gent Shakespeare ("While o'er this pageant of sublunar things")
  • Henry Longfellow Shakespeare ("A vision as of crowded city streets")
  • Vachel Lindsay Shakespeare ("Would that in body and spirit Shakespeare came")

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