Poem 206 – Dream not of Other Worlds

Be lowly wise:
Think only what concerns thee and thy being;
Dream not of other worlds

Milton, Paradise Lost, Book VIII, 173-175

Dream not of other worlds, instead revel in this one;
Trust that I and my silver tongue speak truth.
Why would you question that this were the finest place,
All hemispheres and constellations mere ornaments,
Baubles suspended in heav’n to delight the holy night,
With worlds revolving ’round them unlike your own.
For there is only one world, and only one God;
Think not of leaving this one in sight of your God’s throne.

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Dear readers,

Those of you who have read this blog for a while will probably be able to guess that the instruction ‘dream not of other worlds’ irks me – it is simply a demand for ignorance.

Kind regards,

The Hapless Neo-Romantic

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