Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1827. Excerpt: ... Fancy was picturing in his wandering head How Jane was sleeping in her peaceful bed. Unconscious there of all he felt and knew, Of how he loved, and dreaded to pursue: He toss'd and turn'd, while coward conscience chid, To meet such chance, and pass it as he did. But all in vain; the past was past as then, And too far travell'd to be call'd again. Yet ere he bent his weary mind to rest, These wilder wishes left his aching breast: "Ah powerful Night, were but thy chances mine, Had I but ways to come at joys like thine Spite of thy wizard look, and sable skin, The ready road to bliss 'tis thine to win; All nature owns of beautiful and sweet, In thy embraces now unconscious meet: -- Young Jenny, ripening into womanhood, That hides from day, like lilies while in bud, To thy grim visage blooms in all her charms, And comes, like Eve, unblushing to thy arms. Of thy black mantle could I be possest, How would I pillow on her panting breast, And try those lips where trial rude beseems, Breathing my spirit in her very dreams: That ne'er a thought might wander from her heart, But I possess'd it, or ensured a part. Of all the blessings that belong to thee, Had I this one, how happy should I be." Beauty, thou sunshine of the passing hour, At once so lovely and so frail a flower, Gilt toy of life, with which all play their part, Thou universal empress of the heart. Who would not wish for heart's ease in thy room, Of less delightful but of longer bloom? Could Love, while doating on thy looks so fair, But turn to days when Time shall meddle there; And but reflect on its ill-fated spell, Pleased to undo what nature did so well; To chill that cheek and all its sweets deform, Which youth had flush'd so luscious and so warm; To dim those eyes, and all their darts destroy, That brightening glow with m...
About the Author :
John Clare has contributed to The Shepherd's Calendar; With Village Stories and Other Poems as an author.
JOHN CLARE went to school and university in Cape Town and first worked as a journalist on Drum magazine and its sister weekly, Post. He was forced to leave South Africa in 1965 and not allowed back for 25 years. In Britain, he worked for The Times, The Observer, The Daily Telegraph, ITN and the BBC and has won awards for his newspaper, radio and television journalism. He lives in London but his heart is in Cape Town.
|Title:||The Shepherd's Calendar; With Village Stories and Other Poems||Publisher:||General Books|
|No. of Pages:||44|
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