Walter Raleigh

The Sunne may set and rise
But we contrariwise
Sleepe after the short light
One everlasting night.
(After Thomas Campion and Catullus 5)

Adventurer, courtier and poet

The passing of love

An enduring reflection on the human experience, the passing of love and eventually the final sleep at the end of life, a preoccupation for Catullus, Campion, Raleigh, Donne, and more recently Tiffany Atkinson, in her poem Basia Mille -'One can measure out one's span by letting x be kisses minus t until'.