Come, Delia! ’tis a genial day;
It bids us to his bow’r repair:—
“But what will little Cupid say?”—
“Say! sweet?—why, give a welcome there.”
There not a tell-tale beam shall peep
Upon thy beauty’s rich display,—
There not a breeze shall dare to sweep
The leaves, to whisper what we say.
ON LADY W—— APPEARING AT THE EXHIBITION.
When lovely Delphine sought the crowded scene,
The painter’s mimic pow’r no longer mov’d;
All turn’d to gaze upon her beauteous mien,
None envied her, for, as they look’d, they lov’d.
Amid the proud display of forms so fair,
Of each fine tint the pencil can impart,
Nature with rapture seem’d to lead her there,
To prove how she could triumph over Art.
WRITTEN AT BRIGHTON.
From Mirth’s bright circle, from the giddy throng,
How sweet it is to steal away at eve,
To listen to the homeward fisher’s song,
Whilst dark the waters of the ocean heave;—
And on the sloping beach to bear the spray
Dash ’gainst some hoary vessel’s broken side;
Whilst, far illumin’d by the parting ray,
The distant sail is faintly seen to glide.
Yes, ’tis Reflection’s chosen hour; for
With pensive pleasure mingling o’er the scene,
Th’ erratic mind treads over life again,
And gazes on the past with eye serene.
Those stormy passions which bedimm’d the soul,
That oft have bid the joys it treasur’d fly,
Now, like th’ unruffled waves of Ocean, roll
With gentle lapse—their only sound a sigh.
The galling wrong no longer knits the brow,
Ambition feels the folly of her aim;
And Pity, from the heart expanding, now
Pants to extend relief to ev’ry claim.
Thus, as I sit beside the murm’ring sea,
And o’er its darkness trace light’s parting streak,
I feel, O Nature! that serenity
Which vainly poetry like mine can speak!
O’er the drear tract of Time, Remembrance views
Some dear, some long-departed, pleasure gleam;—
So o’er the dark expanse the eye pursues
Upon the wat’ry edge a transient beam.
The spot fraternal love has sacred made,
Solemn, yet sweet, like groves in twilight gloom,
Mem’ry revisits, and beneath its shade
Faintly it sees each faded joy re-bloom.
By Fancy led, from Death’s cold bed of stone,
Lovely, tho’ wan, what cherish’d form appears?
Oh! gentle Anna[A]! at thy name alone,
Genius, and Grace, and Virtue, smile in tears.
Half-wrapp’d in mist I see thy figure move,
O’er thy pale cheek appears its wonted smile;
With lunar lustre beam those looks of love,
That once could life of ev’ry care beguile:
Faintly I hear thy angel-voice again;
There’s music in the sweet and dying sound;
Like Philomela’s soft and echo’d strain,
It spreads a soothing consolation round.