Shaped Poem: Desire

Can
Man
Ban
   Sin?

A youth,
Uncouth,
In truth
   Begins

To think of
What he loves
From above
   In his mind;

His appetite
Is brought to light
So that he might
   Look for and find

Volition and grace
Enough to displace
Desire, and embrace
   The prudence of age.

Heart empty of strife,
He'll cleave to a wife;
The book of his life
   Will fill page by page.

Then looking back
He'll see a lack
Of song and sack
   Upon his lips.

Yet he knows
He foregoes
All of those:
   If he slips

Away
Today
He may
   Attest

Why,
I
Die
   Blessed!

This poem is written in a style similar to that used by Stephen Hawes in The Conversion of Swearers (1509) (the second poem in the collection)

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