IN vain for me thy gifts display’d
Meet the red eye of smiling morning:
I still will court the lovely shade,
Alike thy vows and splendor scorning.–
Inconstant ! Ev’ry fairy knows
Thy love is like the gale that blows.
Thy oaths are like the summer flow’rs,
No sooner blown than quickly faded;
Thy home like April’s treach’rous show’rs,
Now gay, and now by storms invaded;
Thy song is like the vagrant bird,
That sweet in ev’ry clime is heard.
Thy couch so fragrant, rich, and gay,
Will fade ere love has learnt to sicken;
And thou wilt wing thy fickle way,
While Hope decays, by falsehood stricken,
As o’er the moon-light airy space
A thousand rivals fear shall trace.
False Lover ! to the shaggy steep
TITANIA flies from thee and sorrow:
And, while beneath the waters sleep,
From night a sable veil will borrow;
And on a thorny pillow rest,
Beside the screaming curlew’s nest.
Yes, the lorn sea-bird’s nest shall be
Her cavern’d home, in hopeless anguish;
And, to the star of ev’ning, She
Will tell how faithful love can languish:
The owl shall watch her all night long,
Hooting the dreary cliffs among.
Go, vagrant lover ! ‘Mid the throngs
Of fairy rovers seek a dwelling;
While I in silence mourn my wrongs,
My sighs upon the cold breeze swelling:
Go ! Sport in wanton, idle play,
While moon-light scatters mimic day.
Go ! where the sun its splendor throws
Upon the crest of yon tall mountain;
Go ! drink oblivion to love’s woes,
Where ev’ning gilds the lucid fountain;
Go ! where inconstant zephyrs flee:–
But think, oh ! think no more of me.
(Mary Elizabeth Robinson)
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