In A.S. Byatt's novel "Possession" there is an abundance of poems and poetic allusions. In a particularly moving scene, Byatt provides the title of this poem, part of which is quoted below. Who is the English poet, and what is the poem? I met a lady in the meads, Full beautiful -- a faery's child, Her hair was long, her foot was light, And her eyes were wild. I made a garland for her head, And bracelets too, and fragrant zone; She look'd at me as she did love, And made sweet moan.
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Answer to Book Bag #606: The author of the line -- "It is folly alone that stays the fugue of Youth and beats off louring Old Age" -- is Desiderius Erasmus. The line is from In Praise of Folly.
The winner is: Karen Salmonson, Charlottesville, Va.