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Poem by Thomas Gent


Love!Чwhat is love? a mere machine, a spring
For freaks fantastic, a convenient thing,
A point to which each scribbling wight most steer,
Or vainly hope for food or favour here;
A summer's sigh; a winter's wistful tale:
A sound at which th' untutor'd maid turns pale;
Her soft eyes languish, and her bosom heaves,
And Hope delights as Fancy's dream deceives.

Thus speaks the heart which cold disgust invades,
When time instructs, and Hope's enchantment fades;
Through life's wide stage, from sages down to kings,
The puppets move, as art directs the strings:
Imperious beauty bows to sordid gold,
Her smiles, whence heaven flows emanent, are sold;
And affectation swells th' entrancing tones,
Which nature subjugates, and truth disowns.

I love th' ingenuous maiden, practised not
To pierce the heart with ambush'd glances, shot
From eyelashes, whose shadowy length she knows
To a hair's point, their high arch when to close
Half o'er the swimming orb, and when to raise,
Disclosing all the artificial blaze
Of unfelt passion, which alone can move
Him whom the genuine eloquence of love
Affected never, won with wanton wiles,
With soulless sighs, and meretricious smiles;
By nature unimpress'd, uncharm'd by thee,
Sweet goddess of my heart, Simplicity!

Thomas Gent

Thomas Gent's other poems:
  1. The Recall of the Hero
  2. On a Delightful Drawing in my Album
  3. The Heliotrope
  4. Invocation to Sleep
  5. Widowed Love

Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • Samuel Coleridge Love ("All thoughts, all passions, all delights") 1799
  • Elizabeth Barrett-Browning Love ("We cannot live, except thus mutually")
  • Rupert Brooke Love ("Love is a breach in the walls, a broken gate")
  • Charles Calverley Love ("Canst thou love me, lady?")
  • Nicholas Breton Love ("Foolish love is only folly")
  • Fitz-Greene Halleck Love ("WHEN the tree of Love is budding first")
  • George Horton Love ("Whilst tracing thy visage I sink in emotion")
  • Dora Sigerson Shorter Love ("Deep in the moving depths")
  • Alexander Smith Love ("THE fierce exulting worlds, the motes in rays")
  • Henry Van Dyke Love ("Let me but love my love without disguise")
  • Jones Very Love ("I asked of Time to tell me where was Love")
  • Ella Wilcox Love ("The longer I live and the more I see")
  • John Kenyon Love ("Mother! I've seen a little boy")
  • Albert Pike Love ("I am the soul of the Universe")

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