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Samuel Johnson (Сэмюэл Джонсон)


Spring


Stern Winter now, by Spring repress'd
Forbears the long-continued strife;
And Nature, on her naked breast,
Delights to catch the gales of life.

Now o'er the rural kingdom roves,
Soft pleasures with her laughing train,
Love warbles in the vocal groves,
And vegetation plants the plain.

Unhappy! whom to beds of pain
Arthritic tyranny consigns;
Whom smiling Nature courts in vain,
Though rapture sings and beauty shines.

Yet though my limbs disease invades,
Her wings imagination tries,
And bears me to the peaceful shades,
Where ---- 's humble turrets rise.

Here let me through the vales pursue,
A guide - a father - and a friend,
Once more great Nature's works renew,
Once more on Wisdom's voice attend.

From false caresses, causeless strife,
Wild hope, vain fear, alike removed;
Here let me learn the use of life,
When best enjoy'd - when most improved.

Teach me, thou venerable bower,
Cool meditation's quiet seat,
The generous scorn of venal power,
The silent grandeur of retreat.

When pride by guilt to greatness climbs,
Or raging factions rush to war,
Here let me learn to shun the crimes
I can't prevent and will not share.

But lest I fall by subtler foes,
Bright wisdom teach me Curio's art,
The swelling passions to compose,
And quell the rebels of the heart. 



Samuel Johnson's other poems:
  1. To Myrtilis - The New Year's Offering
  2. To Mrs. Thrale On Her Completing Her Thirty-Fifth Year
  3. On The Death Of Stephen Grey, F.R.S.
  4. On Hearing Miss Thrale Consulting with a Friend About a Gown and Hat
  5. Written At The Request Of A Gentleman To Whom A Lady Had Given A Sprig Of Myrtle


Poems of other poets with the same name (Стихотворения других поэтов с таким же названием):

  • Alfred Tennyson (Альфред Теннисон) Spring ("Birds' love and birds' song")
  • William Blake (Уильям Блейк) Spring ("Sound the flute!")
  • Christina Rossetti (Кристина Россетти) Spring ("Frost-locked all the winter")
  • Gerard Hopkins (Джерард Хопкинс) Spring ("Nothing is so beautiful as spring")
  • William Morris (Уильям Моррис) Spring ("Spring am I, too soft of heart")
  • Isaac Rosenberg (Айзек Розенберг) Spring ("I walk and wonder")
  • Andrew Lang (Эндрю Лэнг) Spring ("Now the bright crocus flames, and now")
  • Robert Anderson (Роберт Андерсон) Spring ("The snow's dissolv'd, the chilly winter's fled")
  • Francis Ledwidge (Фрэнсис Ледвидж) Spring ("Once more the lark with song and speed")
  • Thomas Nashe (Томас Нэш) Spring ("Spring, the sweet Spring, is the year's pleasant king")
  • Janet Hamilton (Джанет Гамильтон) Spring ("Fairy Spring, in kirtle green")
  • Alfred Douglas (Альфред Дуглас) Spring ("Wake up again, sad heart, wake up again!")
  • William Campbell (Уильям Кэмпбелл) Spring ("There dwells a spirit in the budding year")
  • James Percival (Джеймс Персиваль) Spring ("AGAIN the infant flowers of Spring")

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