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Poem by Mark Akenside


Amoret


If rightly tuneful bards decide,
If it be fix'd in Love's decrees,
That Beauty ought not to be tried
But by its native power to please,
Then tell me, youths and lovers, tell
What fair can Amoret excel?

Behold that bright unsullied smile,
And wisdom speaking in her mien:
Yetshe so artless all the while,
So little studious to be seen
We naught but instant gladness know,
Nor think to whom the gift we owe.

But neither music, nor the powers
Of youth and mirth and frolic cheer,
Add half the sunshine to the hours,
Or make life's prospect half so clear,
As memory brings it to the eye
From scenes where Amoret was by.

This, sure, is Beauty's happiest part;
This gives the most unbounded sway;
This shall enchant the subject heart
When rose and lily fade away;
And she be still, in spite of Time,
Sweet Amoret in all her prime. 



Mark Akenside


Mark Akenside's other poems:
  1. Ode 4. To a Gentleman whose Mistress had married an Old Man
  2. The Virtuoso; in imitation of Spencer's Style and Stanza
  3. On Lyric Poetry
  4. Ode 9. To Sleep
  5. To The Honourable Charles Townshend: From The Country


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