Mary Robinson ( )


What is this world?thy school, O misery!
Our only lesson is to learn to suffer. 


LOVE, thou sportive fickle boy, 
Source of anguish, child of joy, 
Ever woundingever smiling, 
Soothing still, and still beguiling; 
What are all thy boasted treasures, 
Tender sorrows, transient pleasures? 
Anxious hopes, and jealous fears, 

What is FRIENDSHIPS soothing name?
But a shadwy, vaprish flame; 
Fancys balm for evry wound, 
Ever sought, but rarely found; 
What is BEAUTY ? but a flowr, 
Blooming, fading in an hour; 
Deckd with brightest tints at morn, 
At twilight withring on a thorn; 
Like the gentle Rose of spring, 
Chilld by evry zephyrs wing, 
Ah! how soon its colour flies, 
Blushes, trembles, falls, and dies. 

What is YOUTH ? a smiling sorrow, 
Blithe to day, and sad to-morrow; 
Never fixd, for ever ranging, 
Laughing, weeping, doating, changing; 
Wild, capricious, giddy, vain, 
Cloyd with pleasure, nursd with pain; 
AGE steals on with wintry face, 
Evry raptrous Hope to chase; 
Like a witherd, sapless tree, 
Bowd to chilling Fates decree; 
Stripd of all its foliage gay, 
Drooping at the close of day; 
What of tedious Life remains? 
Keen regrets and cureless pains; 
Till DEATH appears, a welcome friend, 
To bid the scene of sorrow end.

Mary Robinson's other poems:
  1. Ode to Reflection
  2. To Rinaldo
  3. Sonnet 27. Oh! Ye Bright Stars
  4. The Granny Grey, a Love Tale
  5. The Reply to Time

Poems of another poets with the same name ( ):

  • Samuel Coleridge ( ) Life ("As late I journey'd o'er the extensive plain")
  • Charlotte Bront ( ) Life ("LIFE, believe, is not a dream")
  • Abraham Cowley ( ) Life ("Life's a name")
  • Anna Barbauld (- ) Life ("Life! I Know Not What Thou Art")
  • Bryan Procter ( ) Life ("WE are born; we laugh; we weep")
  • Francis Bacon ( ) Life ("THE world's a bubble, and the life of man")
  • William Bryant ( ) Life ("Oh Life! I breathe thee in the breeze")
  • Florence Coates ( ) Life ("Before we knew thee thou wert with us; ay")
  • Paul Dunbar ( ) Life ("A crust of bread and a corner to sleep in")
  • James Johnson ( ) Life ("Out of the infinite sea of eternity")
  • Henry Van Dyke ( ) Life ("LET me but live my life from year to year")
  • Jones Very ( ) Life ("IT is not life upon Thy gifts to live")
  • Edith Wharton ( ) Life ("LIFE, like a marble block, is given to all")
  • Abram Ryan ( ) Life ("A baby played with the surplice sleeve")

     . Poem to print (Print)

    : 1857

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