The pleasures of melancholy, and other poems

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Saunders and Otley, 1847 - 119 strani
 

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Stran 57 - Oh ! ever thus, from childhood's hour, I've seen my fondest hopes decay ; I never loved a tree or flower, But 'twas the first to fade away. I never nursed a dear gazelle. To glad me with its soft black eye, But when it came to know me well, And love me, it was sure to die ! Now too — the joy most like divine Of all I ever dreamt or knew.
Stran 1 - There is a mood, (I sing not to the vacant and the young) There is a kindly mood of melancholy, That wings the soul, and points her to the skies...
Stran i - There is at least, said the stranger, one advantage in the poetical inclination, that it is an incentive to philanthropy. There is a certain poetic ground on which a man cannot tread without feelings that enlarge the heart ; the causes of human depravity vanish before the romantic enthusiasm he professes; and many who are not able to reach the Parnassian heights, may yet approach so near as to be bettered by, the air of the climate.
Stran 13 - Sweet source of virtue, O sacred sorrow ! he who knows not thee Knows not the best emotions of the heart, — Those tender tears that harmonize the soul, The sigh that charms, the pang that gives delight.
Stran vii - ... that Melancholy is forbidding ; in herself she is soft and interesting, and capable of affording pure and unalloyed delight. Ask the lover why he muses by the side of the purling brook, or plunges...
Stran 48 - HE IS A FINE OLD ENGLISH GENTLEMAN, ALL OF THE OLDEN TIME.

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