Song - Shake Off Your Heavy Trance

Poem By Beaumont and Fletcher

Shake off your heavy trance,
And leap into a dance,
Such as no mortals use to tread,
Fit only for Apollo -
To play to, for the moon to lead,
And all the stars to follow!
O blessed youth! for Jove doth pause,
Laying aside his graver laws
For this device:
And at the wedding such a pair
Each dance is taken for a prayer,
Each song a sacrifice.
You should stay longer if we durst;
Away! Alas! that he that first
Gave Time wild wings to fly away,
Has now no power to make him stay.

Comments about Song - Shake Off Your Heavy Trance

'For this device: And at the wedding such a pair Each dance is taken for a prayer, Each song a sacrifice.' - Wonderful! Loved these lines! Congratulations on your poem's selection as the 'Classic Poem of the Day'!
Each dance is taken for a prayer, Each song a sacrifice. You should stay longer if we durst; .........beautiful poem penned; yep Shake Off Your Heavy Trance
Shake off your heavy trance, And leap into a dance,
Fit only for Apollo! ! ! ! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
I like best the first two verses. I think they go well together. This song, it is my take, is an invitation to do so.


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