“This World’s Joy” or “Wynter wakeneth al my care” is one of the earliest surviving English winter poems and an early rhyming poem as well, dated to around 1310 by Edward Bliss Reed, and thus predating Chaucer!


My translation of “This World’s Joy”

This World's Joy
anonymous Middle English poem, circa 1300
loose translation/interpretation by Michael R. Burch

Winter awakens all my care
as leafless trees grow bare.
For now my sighs are fraught
whenever it enters my thought:
regarding this world's joy,
how everything comes to naught.

[MS. Harl. 2253. f. 49r]

Wynter wakeneth al my care,
Nou this leves waxeth bare.
Ofte y sike ant mourne sare
When hit cometh in my thoht
Of this worldes joie, hou hit goth al to noht.

“This World’s Joy” or “Wynter wakeneth al my care” is one of the earliest surviving English winter poems and one of the very earliest quality rhyming poems as well. Edward Bliss Reed dated the poem to around 1310, around 30 years before the birth of Geoffrey Chaucer, and said it was thought to have been composed in Leominster, Herefordshire. I elected to translate the first stanza as a poem in its own right. Keywords/Tags: Middle English, translation, anonymous, rhyme, rhyming, medieval, lament, lamentation, care, cares, sighs, winter, trees, leafless, bare, barren, barrenness, emptiness, isolation, alienation, joy, joys





Poetry by Michael R. Burch The PoetBay support member heart!
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Written on 2021-06-09 at 20:39

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Michael R. Burch The PoetBay support member heart!
Yes, please do give me a link.

I suppose we will have to add an "s" making it "The Music of the Spheres" ...
2021-06-10


Coo & Co The PoetBay support member heart!
Well, that would be most pleasant :>)

Recently our FT made up a little tune to accompany swing-inspired lyrics by one Coleman Glenn on the 'sphere. We'll send you the link, if you like :>)
2021-06-09


Michael R. Burch The PoetBay support member heart!
It would be a real honor if FT were to set one of my poems or translations to music!

We could call it the "Music of the Sphere"!
2021-06-09


Coo & Co The PoetBay support member heart!
Ooh, excellent, Mike. Have we mentioned our FT is something of a composer? She is whistling a little tune to this poem :>)
2021-06-09