How dare I, Juliet, in love's kindness be
Your counsellor for these mad days of war,
I, a sworn Montagu, to liberty
Bound by all oaths which men least lightly swear?
How shall I aid you, who enlisted are
In a strange camp, 'neath a strange captaincy,
Nor urge rebellion to that lurid star
Which mocks the captive nations held in fee?
--Nay, bid me not thus falsify my griefs.
I cannot turn my creed nor change my King.
Around me crumble my life's last beliefs,
But in the wreck of faiths to faith I cling.
Lo, this my message is, till Time shall die,
``Though all abandon these, yet never I.''
More verses by Wilfrid Scawen Blunt
- To Her Whose Name
- To One Who Would Make A Confession
- The Love Sonnets Of Proteus. Part Ii: To Juliet: Xxxvi
- The Idler’s Calendar. Twelve Sonnets For The Months. April
- To A Happy Warrior