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Poem by Mary Robinson


What is this world?thy school, O misery!
Our only lesson is to learn to suffer. 


LOVE, thou sportive fickle boy, 
Source of anguish, child of joy, 
Ever woundingever smiling, 
Soothing still, and still beguiling; 
What are all thy boasted treasures, 
Tender sorrows, transient pleasures? 
Anxious hopes, and jealous fears, 

What is FRIENDSHIPS soothing name?
But a shadwy, vaprish flame; 
Fancys balm for evry wound, 
Ever sought, but rarely found; 
What is BEAUTY ? but a flowr, 
Blooming, fading in an hour; 
Deckd with brightest tints at morn, 
At twilight withring on a thorn; 
Like the gentle Rose of spring, 
Chilld by evry zephyrs wing, 
Ah! how soon its colour flies, 
Blushes, trembles, falls, and dies. 

What is YOUTH ? a smiling sorrow, 
Blithe to day, and sad to-morrow; 
Never fixd, for ever ranging, 
Laughing, weeping, doating, changing; 
Wild, capricious, giddy, vain, 
Cloyd with pleasure, nursd with pain; 
AGE steals on with wintry face, 
Evry raptrous Hope to chase; 
Like a witherd, sapless tree, 
Bowd to chilling Fates decree; 
Stripd of all its foliage gay, 
Drooping at the close of day; 
What of tedious Life remains? 
Keen regrets and cureless pains; 
Till DEATH appears, a welcome friend, 
To bid the scene of sorrow end.

Mary Robinson

Mary Robinson's other poems:
  1. Sonnet to Amicus
  2. Sonnet 37. When, in the Gloomy Mansion
  3. To Leonardo
  4. Sonnet 31. Far Oer the Waves
  5. The Alien Boy

Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • Samuel Coleridge Life ("As late I journey'd o'er the extensive plain")
  • Charlotte Bront Life ("LIFE, believe, is not a dream")
  • Abraham Cowley Life ("Life's a name")
  • Anna Barbauld Life ("Life! I Know Not What Thou Art")
  • Bryan Procter Life ("WE are born; we laugh; we weep")
  • Francis Bacon Life ("THE world's a bubble, and the life of man")
  • Florence Coates Life ("Before we knew thee thou wert with us; ay")
  • Paul Dunbar Life ("A crust of bread and a corner to sleep in")
  • James Johnson Life ("Out of the infinite sea of eternity")
  • Henry Van Dyke Life ("LET me but live my life from year to year")
  • Jones Very Life ("IT is not life upon Thy gifts to live")
  • Edith Wharton Life ("LIFE, like a marble block, is given to all")

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