Poetical Exercises

This sonnet is a rare example of the poetry written by King James I (1566 -1625)


From Poetical Exercises.

THE azur’d vaulte, the crystall circles bright,
The gleaming fyrie torches powdred there,
The changing round, the shynie beamie light,
The sad and bearded fyres, the monsters faire;
The prodiges appearing in the aire,
The rearding thunders, and the blustering windes,
The fowles in hew, in shape, in nature raire,
The prettie notes that wing’d musiciens finds;
In earth the sau’rie flowres, the mettal’d minds,
The wholesome hearbes, the hautie pleasant trees,
The syluer streames, the beasts of sundrie kinds;
The bounded waves, and fishes of the seas:
All these for teaching man the Lord did frame,
To do his will whose glorie shines in thame.

One comment

  • November 6, 2010 - 4:39 am | Permalink

    They were much nastier in their treatment of witches in Scotland than in England; King James VI/later James I was so busy worrying about witchcraft that he probably didn’t have time to write poetry, novels, plays, books of science etc etc. He wrote well enough, though.

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