To My Brother George
The sun, when first he kist away the tears
That filld the eyes of Morn;the laurelld pears
Who from the feathery gold of evening lean;
The Ocean with its vastness, its blue green,
Its ships, its rocks, its caves, its hopes, its fears,
Its voice mysterious, which whoso hears
Must think on what will be, and what has been.
Een now, dear George, while this for you I write,
Cynthia is from her silken curtains peeping
So scantly, that it seems her bridal night,
And she her half-discoverd revels keeping.
But what, without the social thought of thee,
Would be the wonders of the sky and sea?
To * * * * * Had I A Mans Fair Form
Be echoed swiftly through that ivory shell,
Thine ear, and find thy gentle heart; so well
Would passion arm me for the enterprise:
But ah! I am no knight whose foeman dies;
No cuirass glistens on my bosoms swell;
I am no happy shepherd of the dell
Whose lips have trembled with a maidens eyes.
Yet must I doat upon thee,call thee sweet,
Sweeter by far than Hyblas honeyd roses
When steepd in dew rich to intoxication.
Ah! I will taste that dew, for me tis meet,
And when the moon her pallid face discloses.
Ill gather some by spells, and incantation.
Written On The Day That Mr Leigh Hunt Left Prison
Kind Hunt was shut in prison, yet has he,
In his immortal spirit, been as free
As the sky-searching lark, and as elate.
Minion of grandeur! think you he did wait?
Think you he nought but prison-walls did see,
Till, so unwilling, thou unturndst the key?
Ah, no! far happier, nobler was his fate!
In Spensers halls he strayd, and bowers fair,
Culling enchanted flowers; and he flew
With daring Milton through the fields of air:
To regions of his own his genius true
Took happy flights. Who shall his fame impair
When thou art dead, and all thy wretched crew
How Many Bards
A few of them have ever been the food
Of my delighted fancy,I could brood
Over their beauties, earthly, or sublime:
And often, when I sit me down to rhyme,
These will in throngs before my mind intrude:
But no confusion, no disturbance rude
Do they occasion; tis a pleasing chime.
So the unnumberd sounds that evening store;
The songs of birdsthe whispering of the leaves
The voice of watersthe great bell that heaves
With solemn sound,and thousand others more,
That distance of recognisance bereaves,
Make pleasing music, and not wild uproar.
To A Friend Who Sent Me Some Roses
What time the skylark shakes the tremulous dew
From his lush clover covert;when anew
Adventurous knights take up their dinted shields;
I saw the sweetest flower wild nature yields,
A fresh-blown musk-rose; twas the first that threw
Its sweets upon the summer: graceful it grew
As is the wand that queen Titania wields.
And, as I feasted on its fragrancy,
I thought the garden-rose it far excelld;
But when, O Wells! thy roses came to me,
My sense with their deliciousness was spelld:
Soft voices had they, that with tender plea
Whisperd of peace, and truth, and friendliness unquelld.
To G. A. W.
In what diviner moments of the day
Art thou most lovely? when gone far astray
Into the labyrinths of sweet utterance?
Or when serenely wandering in a trance
Of sober thought? Or when starting away,
With careless robe to meet the morning ray,
Thou sparest the flowers in thy mazy dance?
Haply tis when thy ruby lips part sweetly,
And so remain, because thou
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