1813 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Campbell

Jeremiah Holmes Wiffen, "Lines, written in a Copy of The Pleasures of Hope, presented to a young Lady" Poems by Three Friends (1813) 153-54.



Yes, I will yield me to that bland controul,
With promised bliss that soothes the anxious soul,
Nor think the whispered "song of Hope untrue,"
That when these pages meet your raptured view,
Your heart, that wakes at Feeling's magic tone,
Will form a fairy vision of its own,
And fondly chuse some favoured youth to rove,
With you through roseate bowers of peace and love;
Bowers, which in fancy's eye are blooming fair,
As Hope pourtrays my image cherished there,
And bids me think, though years may intervene,
Time's sober touch will realize the scene.