Beauties of the British Poets; With Notices, Biographical and Critical, Volume 1

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General Books LLC, 2009 - 332 pages
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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. 1824 edition. Excerpt: ...Yet, in the twilight valley cast 'Twixt heaven to come and heaven that's past, There is a voice so still and low The maniac ear of boisterous woe, Arrests it not, --but there 'tis known When pain is left and passion gone! Tis hope--though rather dark despair Than any hope seems dwelling there: 'Tis hope disguised, like light that springs, From watchful knowledge of past things; Proving, from causes, that have been, From pleasures gone, and triumphs seen, That still some happier change shall be, And still our eyes shall gladness see. Oh! let not then thy tortured sense Gorge in delirium on the past! Firmly on heaven thy wishes cast, And draw down power and solace thence. Oh! think not that the fire Intense Of grief, e'en long on earth can last! But whilst thy thoughtful head is laid Upon the bosom of that maid, Who, in Affliction's ordeal flame, Has found Love's mild celestial glow! Whilst round thee, thou canst spirits name, Whose worth the ear can never know, Think! for it cannot be forgot--There was a day thou knew'st them not! Think! how life's blessings sometimes crowd Like angels from a hovering cloud. Tell me--was that within the scope Of the far prescient eye of Hope, To promise in an hour unknown A ray of heaven, like that which shone Full on thy breast with sudden flame. When Rufford's " Beam of Beauty" came; No, 'twas the bliss--the fount of bliss, --Tinging all other joys with this, Of heai ts that through long years have grown Warm for each other though unknown, --Without a dream yet many a sigh For that which drew in secret nigh, Till in an instant glance, lias shone The flash that melts two hearts to one! To sever when shall cease to be God's mystic throne--Eternity! Oh! 'twas an hour of that blest cast Which though ne'er...

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