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Poem by Maria Jane Jewsbury


Why should we thus with an untoward mind,
And in the weakness of humanity,
From natural wisdom turn our hearts away,
To natural comfort shut our eyes and ears,
And feeding on disquiet, thus disturb
The calm of nature with our restless thoughts?


I SAW rich roses springing
With queen-like heads and fair;
I heard the thrush far flinging
His shower of song through air;
And kindly voices ringing,
What did I then with care?
The noontide radiance streaming,
Through bowering chestnuts played,
But brighter and gayer gleaming,
Than all by the sun-light made,
I saw a fond heart's dreaming
Light up a dark eye's shade.
The world was nought there showing
But summer, and youth, and love;
Around, all bright flowers growing,
A still, bright sky above,
And the wind's low murmur flowing
Through the leaves, like the note of the dove.
Yet I stood there in gloom and sadness,
Mine, the sole shadow there,
For the vision of long-past gladness
Is a present grief to bear,
And the yearning of heart is madness,
One only is left to share!

Maria Jane Jewsbury

Maria Jane Jewsbury's other poems:
  1. The Oceanides. No. 4. The Sunken Rock
  2. Address to Sleep
  3. The Oceanides. No. 5. Address to the Deep
  4. The Oceanides. No. 2. My Sea-Hermitage
  5. The Syren World

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")
  • Thomas Gent Stanzas ("Say, why is the stern eye averted with scorn")
  • Letitia Landon Stanzas ("I do not weep that thou art laid")
  • Mary Robinson Stanzas ("WHEN fragrant gales and summer showrs")
  • Laura Temple Stanzas ("Now brightly smiles the cloudless sky")

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