“When Daffodils Begin To Peer…”

…from the quills of the dead white poets

William Shakespeare (15641616)


(From “The Winter’s Tale”)

When daffodils begin to peer, —

With hey! The doxy over the dale, –

Why, then comes in the sweet o’ the year;

For the red blood reigns in the winter’s pale.

The white sheet bleaching on the hedge, –

With hey! the sweet birds, O, how they sing! –

Doth set my pugging tooth on edge;

For a quart of ale is a dish for a king.

The lark, that tirra-lirra chants, —

With hey! with hey! the thrush and the jay, –

Are summer songs for me and for my aunts,

While we lie tumbling in the hay.

About Paul Jacko

Jacko was born in Czechoslovakia not long before the communist putsch in February 1948. He studied industrial chemistry there and left in 1969 for Australia, where he became a lawyer and established his own practice. He has now retired and beside hunting, fishing, camping, prospecting and playing golf he amuses himself by writing.
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