1800 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Campbell

A. B. C., "Lines written in a blank Page at the End of the Pleasures of Hope" Baltimore Weekly Magazine (14 June 1800) 64.



Yes HOPE thou solac'st every woe,
Canst ev'ry soothing balm impart—
Save to the heart, whose sorrows flow
From cruel beauty's angry dart.

Ah! here in vain you lend your aid,
Paint ev'ry bliss which Jove can give;
In vain you draw the charming maid,
The well turn'd arm, the bosom's heave.

In vain you paint the mutual flame,
The mutual wish, th' attendant joy:
Despair rejects th' ideal theme,
The fancied pleasures more annoy.

Begone then HOPE — deceiver fly;
'Tis thou hast rais'd this cruel smart;
ELIZA'S fair — I've seen her eye—
But oh! the wish who gave my heart.