(notes by John McGivering)
Old men love while young men die ?
a slight piece ... a meditation in the style of LylyJohn Lyly (Lilly or Lylie) (c. 1553-1606) was an English poet and playwright, author of Euphues,The Anatomy of Wit, Euphues and His England. He wrote in the mannered style of the time.
Could he impart at will a decidedly Elizabethan flavor to his poetry if he had not read widely in the lyrists of the period? "The Explanation" seems to owe a definite debt to Lyly's "Cupid and my Campaspe"; both are whimsical parables in which Eros plays one of the chief parts:
Cupid and my Campaspe playedUsually, however, no one author can be relied on as having supplied Kipling with a model.
At cards for kisses, Cupid paid;
He stakes his quiver, bow, and arrows
His mother's doves, and team of sparrows...