Thomas Moore ( )

From Irish Melodies. 98. Sweet Innisfallen

          SWEET Innisfallen, fare thee well,
                May calm and sunshine long be thine!
          How fair thou art let others tell 
                To feel how fair shall long be mine.

          Sweet Innisfallen, long shall dwell
                In memorys dream that sunny smile,
          Which oer thee on that evening fell,
                When first I saw thy fairy isle.

          Twas light, indeed, too blest for one,
                Who had to turn to paths of care 
          Through crowded haunts again to run,
                And leave thee bright and silent there;

          No more unto thy shores to come,
                But, on the worlds rude ocean tost,
          Dream of thee sometimes as a home
                Of sunshine he had seen and lost.

          Far better in thy weeping hour
                To part from thee, as I do now,
          When mist is oer thy blooming bowers,
                Like sorrows veil on beautys brow.

          For, though unrivalld still thy grace,
                Thou dost not look, as then, too blest,
          But, thus in shadow, seemst a place
                Where erring man might hope to rest 

          Might hope to rest, and find in thee
                A gloom like Edens, on the day
          He left its shade, when every tree,
                Like thine, hung weeping oer his way.

          Weeping or smiling, lovely isle!
                And all the lovelier for thy tears 
          For though but rare thy sunny smile,
                Tis heavens own glance when it appears.

          Like feeling hearts whose joys are few,
                But, when indeed they come, divine 
          The brightest light the sun eer threw
                Is lifeless to one gleam of thine!

Thomas Moore's other poems:
  1. From The Odes of Anacreon. Ode 46
  2. From The Odes of Anacreon. Ode 60
  3. From The Odes of Anacreon. Ode 19
  4. From The Odes of Anacreon. Ode 9
  5. From The Odes of Anacreon. Ode 50

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