Thomas Moore ( )

From Irish Melodies. 76. In the Morning of Life

IN the morning of life, when its cares are unknown,
      And its pleasures in all their new lustre begin,
When we live in a bright-beaming world of our own,
      And the light that surrounds us is all from within;
Oh tis not, believe me, in that happy time
      We can love, as in hours of less transport we may; 
Of our smiles, of our hopes, tis the gay sunny prime,
      But affection is truest when these fade away.

When we see the first glory of youth pass us by,
      Like a leaf on the stream that will never return,
When our cup, which had sparkled with pleasure so high,
      First tastes of the other, the dark-flowing urn;
Then, then in the time when affection holds sway
      With a depth and a tenderness joy never knew;
Love, nursed among pleasures, is faithless as they,
      But the love born of Sorrow, like Sorrow, is true.

In climes full of sunshine, though splendid the flowers,
      Their sighs have no freshness, their odour no worth;
Tis the cloud and the mist of our own Isle of showers
      That call the rich spirit of fragrancy forth.
So it is not mid splendour, prosperity, mirth,
      That the depth of Loves generous spirit appears;
To the sunshine of smiles it may first owe its birth,
      But the soul of its sweetness is drawn out by tears.

Thomas Moore's other poems:
  1. From Irish Melodies. 61. Id Mourn the Hopes
  2. From The Odes of Anacreon. Ode 3
  3. From Irish Melodies. 10. Rich and Rare Were the Gems She Wore
  4. From Irish Melodies. 92. ODonohues Mistress
  5. From The Odes of Anacreon. Ode 55

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