Elegies and Other Small Poems eBook

Matilda Betham-Edwards
This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 48 pages of information about Elegies and Other Small Poems.


Whilst zephyr sooths the angry waves
  Of Ocean into rest,
Each vessel is in safety borne,
  And every pilot blest.

But he indeed demands our praise,
  Who stems the tempest’s force,
And midst the ire of hostile waves,
  Pursues his destin’d course.



Oh sonno, oh della cheta, umida, ombrosa
  Notte placido figlio; oh de’ mortali
  Egri conforto, oblio dolce de’ mali,
  Si gravi, ond’ e la vita aspra, e nojosa: 
Soccorri al core omai, che langue, e posa
  Non have; e queste membra stanche, e frali
  Solleva:  a me ten vola, oh sonno, e l’ali
  Tue brune sovra me distendi, e posa. 
Ov’ e il silenzio, che’l di fugge, e’l lume? 
  E i lievi sogni, che con non secure
  Vestigia di seguirti han per costume? 
Lasso, che’nvan te chiamo, e queste oscure,
  E gelide ombre invan lusingo; oh piume
  D’asprezza colme; oh notti acerbe, e dure!



Son of the silent, dark, and humid Night,
  Consoler of the wretched, by whose sway
The gloomy train of ills are put to flight,
  That blacken Life’s uncertain, tedious day,

O! succour now this restless, pining heart! 
  Give to these feeble, weary limbs repose! 
Fly to me, Sleep! and let thy sombre wings
  Over my couch their dusky plumes disclose!

O! where is Silence, who avoids the light? 
  Where the wild dreams that flutter in thy train? 
Alas! in vain I call thee, cruel Night! 
  And flatter these insensate shades in vain.

And oh! without thy cheering dews are shed,
How full of hardships is the downy bed!


Breathing the violet-scented gale,
  Near to a river’s limpid source,
Which, through a wide-extended vale,
  Wound slowly on its sleeping course,

Attended by a youthful pair,
  With rubied lip and roving eye,
Oft would fair Editha repair,
  And let her children wander nigh.

There pleas’d behold their footsteps turn,
  To each new object in their way,
Their ringlets glittering in the sun,
  Their faces careless, blythe, and gay.

Once, when they drest their flaxen hair,
  With flow’rets wild of various hue,
And with a proud, exulting air,
  To their delighted parent drew: 

“Ah! thus may every day arise! 
  And pleasure thus your hearts, pervade!”
The widow’d mother fondly cries,
  “Before the youthful blossoms fade.

“My sighs are all dispers’d in air,
  Resign’d to fate, I weep no more,
Your welfare now is all my care,
  Yet am I constant as before.

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