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Poem by Thomas Gent


Say, why is the stern eye averted with scorn
  Of the stoic who passes along?
And why frowns the maid, else as mild as the morn.
  On the victim of falsehood and wrong?

For the wretch sunk in sorrow, repentance, and shame,
  The tear of compassion is won:
And alone must she forfeit the wretch's sad claim,
  Because she's deceived and undone?

Oh! recal the stern look, ere it reaches her heart,
  To bid its wounds rankle anew;
Oh! smile, or embalm with a tear the sad smart,
  And angels will smile upon you.

Time was, when she knew nor opprobrium nor pain,
  And youth could its pleasures impart,
Till some serpent distill'd through her bosom the stain,
  As he wound round the strings of her heart.

Poor girl! let thy tears through thy blandishments break,
  Nor strive to retrace them within;
For mine would I mingle with those on thy cheek,
  Nor think that such sorrow were sin.

When the low-trampled reed, and the pine in its pride,
  Shall alike feel the hand of decay,
May thy God grant that mercy the world has denied,
  And wipe all your sorrows away!

Thomas Gent

Thomas Gent's other poems:
  1. The Recall of the Hero
  2. On a Delightful Drawing in my Album
  3. Widowed Love
  4. The Heliotrope
  5. On the Portrait of the Son of J.G. Lambton, Esq

Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • George Byron Stanzas ("When a man hath no freedom to fight for at home") November 5, 1820
  • William Wordsworth Stanzas ("IF life were slumber on a bed of down")
  • Percy Shelley Stanzas ("Away! the moor is dark beneath the moon") April, 1814
  • Emily Brontë Stanzas ("I'll not weep that thou art going to leave me")
  • Anne Brontë Stanzas ("Oh, weep not, love! each tear that springs")
  • Charlotte Bront Stanzas ("IF thou be in a lonely place")
  • Letitia Landon Stanzas ("I do not weep that thou art laid")
  • Mary Robinson Stanzas ("WHEN fragrant gales and summer showrs")
  • Maria Jewsbury Stanzas ("I SAW rich roses springing")
  • Laura Temple Stanzas ("Now brightly smiles the cloudless sky")

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