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Fitz-Greene Halleck (Фиц-Грин Халлек)


……….. The imperial votress passed on
In maiden meditation, fancy free.

Midsummer Night's Dream,
Shall I never see a bachelor of three-score again?

BENEDICT, in Much Ado about Nothing.


WHEN the tree of Love is budding first,
Ere yet its leaves are green,
Ere yet, by shower and sunbeam nurst
Its infant life has been;
The wild bee's slightest touch might wring
The buds from off the tree,
As the gentle dip of the swallow's wing
Breaks the bubbles on the sea.


But when its open leaves have found
A home in the free air,
Pluck them, and there remains a wound
That ever rankles there.
The blight of hope and happiness
Is felt when fond ones part,
And the bitter tear that follows is
The life-blood of the heart.


When the flame of love is kindled first,
'Tis the fire-fly's light at even,
'Tis dim as the wandering stars that burst
In the blue of the summer heaven.
A breath can bid it burn no more,
Or if, at times, its beams
Come on the memory, they pass o'er
Like shadows in our dreams.


But when that flame has blazed into
A being and a power,
And smiled in scorn upon the dew
That fell in its first warm hour,
'Tis the flame that curls round the martyr's head,
Whose task is to destroy;
'Tis the lamp on the altars of the dead,
Whose light but darkens joy!


Then crush, even in their hour of birth,
The infant buds of Love,
And tread his glowing fire to earth,
Ere 'tis dark in clouds above;
Cherish no more a cypress tree
To shade thy future years,
Nor nurse a heart-flame that may be
Quenched only with thy tears.

Fitz-Greene Halleck's other poems:
  1. Psalm CXXXVIII. By the rivers of Babylon
  2. Red Jacket
  3. To ****
  4. Wyoming
  5. Magdalen

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?")
  • Thomas Gent (Томас Гент) Love ("Love!—what is love? a mere machine, a spring")
  • Nicholas Breton (Николас Бретон) Love ("Foolish love is only folly")
  • 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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