The Poetical Works of the REV. George Crabbe (V. 6); With His Letters and Journals, and His Life
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1834 Excerpt: ...vain feelings then thy bosom free, "Nor be o'erwhelm'd by useless sympathy." The Wife again despatch'd the useless bribe, Again essay'd her terrors to describe; Again with kindest words entreated peace, And begg'd her offerings for a time might cease. A calm succeeded, but too like the one That causes terror ere the storm comes on: A secret sorrow lived in Anna's heart, In Stafford's mind a secret fear of art; Not long they lasted--this determined foe Knew all her claims, and nothing would forego; Again her letter came, where Anna read, "My child, one cause of my distress, is dead: "fleav'n has my infant: "--" Heartless wretch!" she cried, "Is this thy joy? "--"I am no longer tied: "Now will I, hast'ning to my friend, partake "Her cares and comforts, and no more forsake; "Now shall we both in equal station move, "Save that my friend enjoys a husband's love." Complaint and threats so strong, the Wife amazed, Who wildly on her cottage-neighbour gazed; Her tones, her trembling, first betray'd her grief When floods of tears gave anguish its relief. She fear'd that Stafford would refuse assent, And knew her selfish Friend would not relent; She must petition, yet delay'd the task, Ashamed, afraid, and yet compell'd to ask; Unknown to him some object fill'd her mind, And, once suspicious, he became unkind: They sate one evening, each absorb'd in gloom, When, hark! a noise and rushing to the room, The Friend tripp'd lightly in, and laughing said, "I come." Anna received her with an anxious mind, And meeting whisper'd, " Is Eliza kind?" Reserved and cool, the Husband sought to prove The depth and force of this mysterious love. To nought that pass'd between the Stranger-frie...
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