"The Abduction of Helen" by Gavin Hamilton (1784)‘Jaded I Lay’ and Other Poetry by Charles Eager The Society July 7, 2016 Beauty, Poetry Jaded I Lay Jaded I lay prostrate in bands Constructed of my self-frustration: The morning waned; so too my elation, Jade-hued, whose kite flew out my hands. All joy is rocks, soon turned loose sands Engulfed by seas’ elimination To which my grief (buoy’s demarcation) Holds true: Joy sinks, whilst it expands. Yet seas reflect gods’ fickle eyes: Their depths shine out protean might: Though some drown, some yet cling to life. So, my jade spirit may surmise, What fades, may yet return despite, To expiate all grief, all strife. An Effusion Charm so great As tempts all future days to rise; Beauty so full As passed days learn themselves then to despise; It casts a net Upon all future days, and yet They come not forth, Being both bashful, doubtful of their worth. It makes of days’ Own evanescence, very shame, By shining out Ever and in perpetuum, the same. Meditation For women have there been ten-thousand wars, Foremost of all being Troy: A thousand ships Crossed furious seas, for honeyed-seeming lips: Ships crashed, tossed, trashed, and wrecked upon sea-floors. Now men both chivalrous, and those base boors: All have yearned for women half in their grips, All loved the moving line, from back to hips, Sending out suspirations from their cores. So would the revelation me surprise, Were I to find one whom such rough-hewn passion Disqualified them then from future action: Commanded them to kill not, nor to fashion, (Nor frame) nor thought nor act, that this election, By vile affection moved, might compromise. Charles Eager is a twenty-four-years-old gentleman of letters situated in Yorkshire, England. Views expressed by individual poets and writers on this website and by commenters do not represent the views of the entire Society. The comments section on regular posts is meant to be a place for civil and fruitful discussion. Pseudonyms are discouraged. The individual poet or writer featured in a post has the ability to remove any or all comments by emailing submissions@ classicalpoets.org with the details and under the subject title “Remove Comment.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Related Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.