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Poem by Anna Laetitia Barbauld


To a Friend


May never more of pensive melancholy
Within thy heart, beneath thy roof appear,
Than just to break the charm of idle folly,
And prompt for others' woes the melting tear;
No more than just that tender gloom to spread
Where thy beloved Muses wont to stray,
To lift the thought from this low earthy bed,
Or bid hope languish for a brighter day;
And deeper sink within thy feeling heart
Love's pleasing wounds, or friendship's polished dart! 



Anna Laetitia Barbauld


Anna Laetitia Barbauld's other poems:
  1. The Origin of Song-Writing
  2. On a Lady's Writing
  3. Song 2 (IF ever thou didst joy to bind)
  4. The Invitation, to Miss BЧ
  5. To Mr. [S.T.] C[oleridge]


Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • Matthew Arnold To a Friend ("Who prop, thou ask'st in these bad days, my mind?")
  • William Bowles To a Friend ("Go, then, and join the murmuring city's throng!")
  • William Shenstone To a Friend ("Have you ne'er seen, my gentle Squire!")
  • Joseph Drake To a Friend ("Yes, faint was my applause and cold my praise")
  • James Fields To a Friend ("Go, with a manly heart")
  • Richard Hovey To a Friend ("ALL too grotesque our thoughts are sometimes")
  • Amy Lowell To a Friend ("I ask but one thing of you, only one")
  • John Pierpont To a Friend ("Friend of my dark and solitary hour")

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