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Thomas Gent (Томас Гент)


Love!—what is love? a mere machine, a spring
For freaks fantastic, a convenient thing,
A point to which each scribbling wight most steer,
Or vainly hope for food or favour here;
A summer's sigh; a winter's wistful tale:
A sound at which th' untutor'd maid turns pale;
Her soft eyes languish, and her bosom heaves,
And Hope delights as Fancy's dream deceives.

Thus speaks the heart which cold disgust invades,
When time instructs, and Hope's enchantment fades;
Through life's wide stage, from sages down to kings,
The puppets move, as art directs the strings:
Imperious beauty bows to sordid gold,
Her smiles, whence heaven flows emanent, are sold;
And affectation swells th' entrancing tones,
Which nature subjugates, and truth disowns.

I love th' ingenuous maiden, practised not
To pierce the heart with ambush'd glances, shot
From eyelashes, whose shadowy length she knows
To a hair's point, their high arch when to close
Half o'er the swimming orb, and when to raise,
Disclosing all the artificial blaze
Of unfelt passion, which alone can move
Him whom the genuine eloquence of love
Affected never, won with wanton wiles,
With soulless sighs, and meretricious smiles;
By nature unimpress'd, uncharm'd by thee,
Sweet goddess of my heart, Simplicity!

Thomas Gent's other poems:
  1. The Chain-Pier, Brighton
  2. Invocation to Sleep
  3. Widowed Love
  4. On a Delightful Drawing in my Album
  5. On the Portrait of the Son of J.G. Lambton, Esq

Poems of another poets with the same name (Стихотворения других поэтов с таким же названием):

  • Samuel Coleridge (Сэмюэл Кольридж) Love ("All thoughts, all passions, all delights") 1799
  • Elizabeth Barrett-Browning (Элизабет Барретт-Браунинг) Love ("We cannot live, except thus mutually")
  • Rupert Brooke (Руперт Брук) Love ("Love is a breach in the walls, a broken gate")
  • Charles Calverley (Чарльз Калверли) Love ("Canst thou love me, lady?")
  • Nicholas Breton (Николас Бретон) Love ("Foolish love is only folly")
  • Fitz-Greene Halleck (Фиц-Грин Халлек) Love ("WHEN the tree of Love is budding first")
  • George Horton (Джордж Хортон) Love ("Whilst tracing thy visage I sink in emotion")
  • Dora Sigerson Shorter (Дора Сигерсон Шортер) Love ("Deep in the moving depths")
  • Alexander Smith (Александр Смит) Love ("THE fierce exulting worlds, the motes in rays")
  • Henry Van Dyke (Генри Ван Дайк) Love ("Let me but love my love without disguise")
  • Jones Very (Джонс Вери) Love ("I asked of Time to tell me where was Love")
  • Ella Wilcox (Элла Уилкокс) Love ("The longer I live and the more I see")
  • John Kenyon (Джон Кеньон) Love ("Mother! I've seen a little boy")

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