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James Thomson (Джеймс Томсон)


To The Nightingale


O nightingale, best poet of the grove,
That plaintive strain can ne'er belong to thee,
Blessed in the full possession of thy love:
O lend that strain, sweet Nighingale, to me!

'Tis mine, alas! to mourn a wretched fate:
I love a maid who all my bosom charms,
Yet lose my days without this lovely mate;
Inhuman fortune keeps her from my arms.

You happy birds! by nature's simple laws
Lead your soft lives, sustained by nature's fare;
You dwell wherever roving fancy draws,
And love and song is all your pleasing care:

But we, vain slaves of interest and of pride,
Dare not be blessed, lest envious tongues should blame;
And hence, in vain I languish for my bride!
O mourn with me, sweet bird, my hapless flame. 



James Thomson's other poems:
  1. Sheep-Sheering
  2. On A Country Life
  3. A Poem Sacred to the Memory of Sir Isaac Newton
  4. On The Death Of His Mother
  5. Verses Addressed To Amanda


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

  • John Milton (Джон Мильтон) To The Nightingale ("O Nightingale! that on yon bloomy spray")
  • Samuel Coleridge (Сэмюэл Кольридж) To The Nightingale ("Sister of love-lorn Poets, Philomel!")
  • Anne Finch, Countess of Winchilsea (Энн Финч, графиня Уинчилси) To the Nightingale ("Exert thy voice, sweet harbinger of spring!")

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