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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. The Four Seasons. Summer
  2. The Vine
  3. A Nuptial Song
  4. Lisy's Parting with Her Cat
  5. Happiness of a Country Life


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 Hunter (Энн Хантер) To the Nightingale ("WHY from these shades, sweet bird of eve")
  • Anne Finch, Countess of Winchilsea (Энн Финч, графиня Уинчилси) To the Nightingale ("Exert thy voice, sweet harbinger of spring!")

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