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Poem by Robert Southey


Epitaph


HERE, in the fruitful vales of Somerset,
Was Emma born, and here the maiden grew
To the sweet season of her womanhood,
Beloved and lovely, like a plant whose leaf
And bud and blossom all are beautiful.
In peacefulness her virgin years were passed;
And, when in prosperous wedlock she was given,
Amid the Cumbrian mountains far away
She had her summer bower. T was like a dream
Of old romance to see her when she plied
Her little skiff on Derwents glassy lake;
The roseate evening resting on the hills,
The lake returning back the hues of heaven,
Mountains and vales and waters, all imbued
With beauty, and in quietness; and she,	
Nymph-like, amid that glorious solitude
A heavenly presence, gliding in her joy.
But soon a wasting malady began
To prey upon her, frequent in attack,
Yet with such flattering intervals as mock
The hopes of anxious love, and most of all
The sufferer, self-deceived. During those days
Of treacherous respite, many a time hath he,
Who leaves this record of his friend, drawn back
Into the shadow from her social board,
Because too surely in her cheek he saw
The insidious bloom of death; and then her smiles
And innocent mirth excited deeper grief
Than when long-looked-for tidings came at last,
That, all her sufferings ended, she was laid
Amid Madeiras orange-groves to rest.
O gentle Emma! oer a lovelier form
Than thine earth never closed; nor eer did heaven
Receive a purer spirit from the world.



Robert Southey


Robert Southey's other poems:
  1. For a Monument in the Vale of Ewias
  2. For a Tablet at Penshurst
  3. For a Tablet at Silbury Hill
  4. For a Monument at Taunton
  5. St. Michaels Chair


Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • Samuel Coleridge Epitaph ("Stop, Christian passer-by : Stop, child of God")
  • Percy Shelley Epitaph ("These are two friends whose lives were undivided") 1822
  • Walter Scott Epitaph ("AMID these aisles, where once his precepts showed")
  • Thomas Hardy Epitaph ("I never cared for Life: Life cared for me")
  • Abraham Cowley Epitaph ("Underneath this marble stone")
  • Katherine Philips Epitaph ("What on Earth deserves our trust?")
  • Edna Millay Epitaph ("Heap not on this mound")
  • Elinor Wylie Epitaph ("For this she starred her eyes with salt")

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