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Poem by Mary Robinson

Sonnet 39. Prepare Your Wreaths

Prepare your wreaths, Aonian maids divine,
To strew the tranquil bed where I shall sleep;
In tears, the myrtle and the laurel steep,
And let Eratos hand the trophies twine.
No parian marble, there, with labourd line,
Shall bid the wandring lover stay to weep;
There holy silence shall her vigils keep.
Save, when the nightingale such woes as mine
Shall sadly sing; as twilights curtains spread,
There shall the branching lotos widely wave,
Sprinkling soft showrs upon the lilys head,
Sweet drooping emblem for a lovers grave!
And there shall Phaon pearls of pity shed,
To gem the vanquishd heart he scornd to save!

Mary Robinson

Mary Robinson's other poems:
  1. Sonnet 33. I Wake!
  2. Stanzas to the Rose
  3. The Granny Grey, a Love Tale
  4. The Widows Home
  5. Sonnet 44. Here Droops the Muse

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