1798 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Mary Robinson

Il manti timido, "To Mrs. Robinson" The Oracle (15 October 1798).



In dreary midnight's lonely hour,
When wretched lovers only wake,
Ten thousand tears fast dropping pour
And bathe this bosom FOR THY SAKE.

When morning's misty eye uncloses,
And gives the world another day,
For thee (more sweet than vernal roses)
Ten thousand sighs are breath'd away.

But he whose scalding tears are flowing,
Whose aching breast heaves many a sigh,
Whose soul with fondest love is glowing,
Must hide his heart's first wish, and die!