Verse > Anthologies > Alfred H. Miles, ed. > The Sacred Poets of the Nineteenth Century
  PREVIOUSNEXT  
CONTENTS · BIBLIOGRAPHIC RECORD
Alfred H. Miles, ed.  The Sacred Poets of the Nineteenth Century.  1907.
 
IX Poems (1840).
IV. Heart’s-Ease
By Caroline Clive (1801–1873)
 
OH heart-ease, dost thou lie within that flower?
  How shall I draw thee thence?—so much I need
The healing aid of thine enshrined power
  To veil the past, and bid the time good speed!
 
I gather it—It withers on my breast;        5
  The heart’s-ease dies when it is laid to mine;
Methinks there is no shape by joy possess’d
  Would better fare than thou upon that shrine.
 
Take from me things gone by—oh! change the past—
  Renew the lost—restore me the decay’d;—        10
Bring back the days whose tide has ebb’d so fast—
  Give form again to the fantastic shade!
 
My hope, that never grew to certainty,—
  My youth, that perish’d in its vain desire,—
My fond ambition, crush’d ere it could be        15
  Aught save a self-consuming, wasted fire;
 
Bring these anew, and set me once again
  In the delusion of life’s infancy—
I was not happy, but I knew not then
  That happy I was never doom’d to be.        20
 
Till these things are, and pow’rs divine descend,—
  Love, kindness, joy, and hope to gild my day,—
In vain the emblem leaves towards me bend;
  Thy spirit, Heart-Ease, is too far away!
 
 
CONTENTS · BIBLIOGRAPHIC RECORD
  PREVIOUSNEXT  
 
Loading
Click here to shop the Bartleby Bookstore.

Shakespeare · Bible · Strunk · Anatomy · Nonfiction · Quotations · Reference · Fiction · Poetry
© 1993–2014 Bartleby.com · [Top 150] · Subjects · Titles · Authors