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POEMS

by

Robert Southey

1797

GODDESS of the LYRE! with thee comes Majestic TRUTH; and where TRUTH deigns to come, Her sister LIBERTY will not be far.

Akenside.

SONNET.

With wayworn feet a Pilgrim woe begone Life's upward road I journeyed many a day, And hymning many a sad yet soothing lay Beguil'd my wandering with the charms of song. Lonely my heart and rugged was my way, Yet often pluck'd I as I past along The wild and simple flowers of Poesy, And as beseem'd the wayward Fancy's child Entwin'd each random weed that pleas'd mine eye. Accept the wreath, BELOVED! it is wild And rudely garlanded; yet scorn not thou The humble offering, where the sad rue weaves 'Mid gayer flowers its intermingled leaves, And I have twin'd the myrtle for thy brow.

I have collected in this Volume the productions of very distant periods. The lyric pieces were written in earlier youth; I now think the Ode the most worthless species of composition as well as the most difficult, and should never again attempt it, even if my future pursuits were such as allowed leisure for poetry. The poems addressed to the heart and the understanding are those of my maturer judgment. The Inscriptions will be found to differ from the Greek simplicity of Akenside's in the point that generally concludes them. The Sonnets were written first, or I would have adopted a different title, and avoided the shackle of rhyme and the confinement to fourteen lines.

CONTENTS

To Mary Wollstonecraft ............. 3 The Triumph of Woman ............... 7 Poems on the Slave Trade .......... 29 Sonnet 1 .......................... 33 2 .......................... 34 3 .......................... 35 4 .......................... 36 5 .......................... 37 6 .......................... 38 To the Genius of Africa ........... 39 To my own Miniature Picture ....... 44 The Pauper's Funeral .............. 47 Ode written on 1st of January ..... 49 Inscription 1 ..................... 55 2 ..................... 56 3 ..................... 57 4 ..................... 59 5 ..................... 61 6 ..................... 62 7 ..................... 63 8 ..................... 64 Birth Day Ode ..................... 67 Birth Day Ode ..................... 71 Botany bay Eclogues ............... 75 Elinor ............................ 77 Humphrey and William .............. 83 John, Samuel, and Richard ......... 92 Frederic .......................... 99 Sonnet 1 ......................... 107 2 ......................... 108 3 ......................... 109 4 ......................... 110 5 ......................... 111 6 ......................... 112 7 ......................... 113 8 ......................... 114 9 ......................... 115 10 ......................... 116 Sappho ........................... 121 Ode written on 1st. Dece. ........ 126 Written on Sunday Morning ........ 129 On the death of a favorite old Spaniel .................... 132 To Contemplation ................. 135 To Horror ........................ 140 The Soldier's Wife ............... 145 The Widow ........................ 147 The Chapel Bell .................. 149 The Race of Banquo ............... 152 Musings on a landscape of Caspar Poussin ................. 154 Mary ............................. 163 Donica ........................... 175 Rudiger .......................... 187 Hymn to the Penates .............. 203

ERRORS

p.151 in the last line but one, for nosal, read nasal. p.192 line 8, for wild, read mild. p. 203 in the note, for Complicces, read Complices.

THE TRIUMPH OF WOMAN

[Greek (transliterated): Ou gar thaeluierais demas opasen aemiielesion Morphaen, ophra xai allaperi chroi technaesainio.

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