Mary Robinson ( )


Life


What is this world?thy school, O misery!
Our only lesson is to learn to suffer. 

- YOUNG. 


LOVE, thou sportive fickle boy, 
Source of anguish, child of joy, 
Ever woundingever smiling, 
Soothing still, and still beguiling; 
What are all thy boasted treasures, 
Tender sorrows, transient pleasures? 
Anxious hopes, and jealous fears, 
LAUGHING HOURS, and MOURNING YEARS. 

What is FRIENDSHIPS soothing name?
But a shadwy, vaprish flame; 
Fancys balm for evry wound, 
Ever sought, but rarely found; 
What is BEAUTY ? but a flowr, 
Blooming, fading in an hour; 
Deckd with brightest tints at morn, 
At twilight withring on a thorn; 
Like the gentle Rose of spring, 
Chilld by evry zephyrs wing, 
Ah! how soon its colour flies, 
Blushes, trembles, falls, and dies. 

What is YOUTH ? a smiling sorrow, 
Blithe to day, and sad to-morrow; 
Never fixd, for ever ranging, 
Laughing, weeping, doating, changing; 
Wild, capricious, giddy, vain, 
Cloyd with pleasure, nursd with pain; 
AGE steals on with wintry face, 
Evry raptrous Hope to chase; 
Like a witherd, sapless tree, 
Bowd to chilling Fates decree; 
Stripd of all its foliage gay, 
Drooping at the close of day; 
What of tedious Life remains? 
Keen regrets and cureless pains; 
Till DEATH appears, a welcome friend, 
To bid the scene of sorrow end.



Mary Robinson's other poems:
  1. Sonnet 39. Prepare Your Wreaths
  2. Sonnet 1. Favourd by Heavn
  3. Sonnet to My Beloved Daughter
  4. Sonnet 40. On the Low Margin
  5. Stanzas to Time


Poems of other poets with the same name ( ):

  • Samuel Coleridge ( ) Life ("As late I journey'd o'er the extensive plain")
  • Charlotte Bront ( ) Life ("LIFE, believe, is not a dream")
  • Abraham Cowley ( ) Life ("Life's a name")
  • Anna Barbauld (- ) Life ("Life! I Know Not What Thou Art")
  • Bryan Procter ( ) Life ("WE are born; we laugh; we weep")
  • Francis Bacon ( ) Life ("THE world's a bubble, and the life of man")
  • Henry Van Dyke ( ) Life ("LET me but live my life from year to year")
  • Jones Very ( ) Life ("IT is not life upon Thy gifts to live")
  • Edith Wharton ( ) Life ("LIFE, like a marble block, is given to all")

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