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Anna Laetitia Barbauld (Анна-Летиция Барбо)


Life


   Animula, vagula, blandula.

Life! I know not what thou art,
   But know that thou and I must part;
   And when, or how, or where we met,
   I own to me’s a secret yet.
   But this I know, when thou art fled,
   Where’er they lay these limbs, this head,
   No clod so valueless shall be,
   As all that then remains of me.
   O whither, whither dost thou fly,
   Where bend unseen thy trackless course,
      And in this strange divorce,
Ah tell where I must seek this compound I?

To the vast ocean of empyreal flame,
      From whence thy essence came,
      Dost thou thy flight pursue, when freed
      From matter’s base encumbering weed?
         Or dost thou, hid from sight,
         Wait, like some spell-bound knight,
Through blank oblivious years th’ appointed hour,
To break thy trance and reassume thy power?
Yet canst thou without thought or feeling be?
O say what art thou, when no more thou ’rt thee?

      Life! we’ve been long together,
      Through pleasant and through cloudy weather;
         ’Tis hard to part when friends are dear;
         Perhaps ’t will cost a sigh, a tear;
         Then steal away, give little warning,
            Choose thine own time;
      Say not Good night, but in some brighter clime
            Bid me Good morning. 



Anna Laetitia Barbauld's other poems:
  1. The Invitation, to Miss B—
  2. To Mrs. P—, with Drawings of Birds and Insects
  3. Corsica
  4. Song 6 (WHEN first upon your tender cheek)
  5. On the Death of Mrs. Jennings


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

  • Samuel Coleridge (Сэмюэл Кольридж) Life ("As late I journey'd o'er the extensive plain")
  • Charlotte Brontё (Шарлотта Бронте) Life ("LIFE, believe, is not a dream")
  • Abraham Cowley (Абрахам Каули) Life ("Life's a name")
  • Bryan Procter (Брайан Проктер) Life ("WE are born; we laugh; we weep")
  • Francis Bacon (Фрэнсис Бэкон) Life ("THE world's a bubble, and the life of man")
  • Henry Van Dyke (Генри Ван Дайк) Life ("LET me but live my life from year to year")
  • Jones Very (Джонс Вери) Life ("IT is not life upon Thy gifts to live")
  • Edith Wharton (Эдит Уортон) Life ("LIFE, like a marble block, is given to all")
  • Mary Robinson (Мэри Робинсон) Life ("”What is this world?­thy school, O misery!")

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