Tripping the Light Fantastic

This is a common theme in my blogging experience here as well as my travel blog “All Roads Lead to . . .”   Therefore, there will be frequent post that explain this phrase, so that you, as my readers, will understand, and hopefully begin to look for an opportunity to “Trip the Light Fantastic” on a Daily Basis.

Today, I’m simply going to post John Milton’s poem – where to the best of my research – seems to be where this phrase or a variations of it, originally came from.  

The phrase is from the mind and pen of John Milton and appeared in his lyric poem L’Allegro, published in 1645. The Italian title can be translated as “the cheerful man”, and the poem is directed to the goddess Mirth:

Haste thee, Nymph, and bring with thee
Jest, and youthful Jollity,
Quips and cranks and wanton wiles,
Nods and becks and wreathed smiles
Such as hang on Hebe’s cheek,
And love to live in dimple sleek;
Sport that wrinkled Care derides,
And Laughter holding both his sides.
Come, and trip it, as you go,
On the light fantastic toe;
And in thy right hand lead with thee
The mountain-nymph, sweet Liberty;
And, if I give thee honour due,
Mirth, admit me of thy crew,
To live with her, and live with thee,
In unreproved pleasures free …

 For  more info on “Tripping the Light”  read my blog entry from “All Roads Lead to . . .”  post for July 19, 2001 – Day 1 EXTRAVAGANZA – Tripping the Light

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