Desire/Thou Blind Man's Mark
I was in Louisville, KY, reading AP exams last week, and a friend of mine and I put the poetry prompt - Sir Philip Sydney's renaissance sonnet "Thou Blind Man's Mark" - to music. Let me know if you recognize the melody we chose.
Link to our version: http://soundcloud.com/kevin-meehan/desire
Here's the poem...
Thou Blind Man's Mark
Thou blind man's mark, thou fool's self-chosen snare,
Fond fancy's scum, and dregs of scattered thought ;
Band of all evils, cradle of causeless care ;
Thou web of will, whose end is never wrought ;
Desire, desire ! I have too dearly bought,
With price of mangled mind, thy worthless ware ;
Too long, too long, asleep thou hast me brought,
Who shouldst my mind to higher things prepare.
But yet in vain thou hast my ruin sought ;
In vain thou madest me to vain things aspire ;
In vain thou kindlest all thy smoky fire ;
For virtue hath this better lesson taught,—
Within myself to seek my only hire,
Desiring nought but how to kill desire.
Love Calls Us to the Things of This World