"To Cesario." by Mary Darby Robinson (1758-1800)
"If haply, these wild simple flowers
"To thee some lov'd Image convey;
"Ah! me, then the neighbouring bowers
"Yield none half so lovely as they."
CESARIO TO LAURA.
ORACLE, Jan. 18,
CESARIO, thy Lyre's dulcet measure,
So sweetly, so tenderly flows;
That could my sad soul taste of pleasure,
Thy music would soften its woes.
But ah, gentle soother, where anguish
Takes root in the grief-stricken heart;
'Tis the triumph of sorrow to languish,
'Tis rapture to cherish the smart.
The mind where pale Mis'ry sits brooding,
Repels the soft touch of repose;
Shrinks back when blest Reason intruding,
The balm of mild comfort bestows.
There is luxury oft in declining,
What pity's kind motives impart;
And to bear hapless fate, unrepining,
Is the proudest delight of the heart.
Still, still shall thy Lyre's gentle measure,
In strains of pure melody flow;
While each heart beats with exquisite pleasure,
SAVE MINE–the doom'd VICTIM OF WOE.