Sunday, October 24, 2010

Poetry Train Monday - 175 - The Hag

Heading into Halloween Week, here's a 362-year-old poem to set the scene.

Happy Haunting!

The Hag

The Hag is astride,
This night for to ride;
The Devill and shee together:
Through thick, and through thin,
Now out, and then in,
Though ne’r so foule be the weather.

A Thorn or a Burr
She takes for a Spurre:
With a lash of a Bramble she rides now,
Through Brakes and through Bryars,
O’re Ditches, and Mires,
She followes the Spirit that guides now.

No Beast, for his food,
Dares now range the wood;
But husht in his laire he lies lurking:
While mischiefs, by these,
On Land and on Seas,
At noone of Night are working,

The storme will arise,
And trouble the skies;
This night, and more for the wonder,
The ghost from the Tomb
Affrighted shall come,
Cal’d out by the clap of the Thunder.

- Robert Herrick, 1648

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sheila said...

Wow, what a great poem! And it's really that old? WOW!

Akelamalu said...

What a great poem for Halloween!

Jennie Marsland said...

How delightfully eerie!