Poetical Works

John Murray, 1823

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192 ページ - Took their short flights, and twitter'd on the lea ; And near the bean-sheaf stood, the harvest done, And slowly blacken'd in the sickly sun ; All these were sad in nature, or they took Sadness from him, the likeness of his look, And of his mind — he ponder'd for a while, Then met his Fanny with a borrow'd smile.
51 ページ - Time after time the maid went out and in, " Ere love was yet beginning to begin; " The first awakening proof, the early doubt, " Rose from observing she went in and out.
96 ページ - And on the ocean slept th' unanchor'd fleet ; When from our garden, as we look'd above, There was no cloud, and nothing seem'd to move ; Then was my friend in ecstasies— she cried, " There is, I feel there is, a world beside ! Martha, dear Martha ! we shall hear not then Of hearts distress'd by good or evil men, But all will constant, tender, faithful be — So had I been, and so had one with me ; But in this world the fondest and the best Are the most tried, most troubled, and distress'd : This...
191 ページ - That evening all in fond discourse was spent, When the sad lover to his chamber went, To think on what had past, to grieve and to repent : Early he rose, and look'd with many a sigh On the red light that fill'd the eastern sky ; Oft had he stood before, alert and gay, To hail the glories of the new-born day : But now dejected, languid, listless, low, He saw the wind upon the water blow, And the cold stream curl'd onward as the gale From the pine-hill blew harshly down the dale ; On the right side...
44 ページ - At a friend's mansion I began to dread " The cold neat parlour, and the gay glazed bed; " At home I felt a more, decided taste, " And must have all things in my order placed; " I ceased to hunt, my horses pleased me less,
191 ページ - When now the young are reared, and when the old, Lost to the tie, grow negligent and cold. Far to the left he saw the huts of men. Half hid in mist, that hung upon the fen; Before him swallows, gathering for the sea, Took their short flights, and...
191 ページ - Be mine ? " and joy o'er all her features ran ; "I will !" she softly whisper'd ; but the roar Of cannon would not strike his spirit more ; Ev'n as his lips the lawless contract seal'd He felt that conscience lost her sevenfold shield, And honour fled ; but still he spoke of love, And all was joy in the consenting dove. That evening all in fond discourse was spent, When the sad lover to his chamber went, To think on what had...
43 ページ - I rode or walk'd as I was wont before, " But now the bounding spirit was no more ; " A moderate pace would now my body heat, " A walk of moderate length distress my feet.
192 ページ - Lives but t' entreat, implore, resent, accuse ; Jealous and tender, conscious of defects, She merits little, and yet much expects; She looks for love that now she cannot see, And sighs for joy that never more can be ; On his retirements her complaints intrude...
185 ページ - How hearts are gain'd, and how exchange is made? " Come, sir, your hand " " In mercy, hear me now ! " — " I cannot hear you, time will not allow : " You know my station, what on me depends, " For ever needed — but we part as friends ; " And here comes one who will the whole explain, " My better self — and we shall meet again." " Sir, I entreat " " Then be entreaty made " To her, a woman, one you may persuade ; " A little teasing, but she will comply, " And loves her niece too fondly to deny.