The Bijou

The Bijou;

or Annual of Literature and the Arts

compiled by William Fraser

London: William Pickering,


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Verses for an Album
By Charles Lamb, Esq.
FRESH clad from heaven in robes of white, 1
A young probationer of light, 2
Thou wert, my soul, an Album bright. 3

A spotless leaf; but thought, and care — 4
And friends and foes, in foul or fair, 5
Have "written strange defeature" there. 6

And time, with heaviest hand of all, 7
Like that fierce writing on the wall, 8
Hath stamp'd sad dates — he can't recall. 9

And error, gilding worst designs — 10
Like speckled snake that strays and shines — 11
Betrays his path by crooked lines. 12

And vice hath left his ugly blot — 13
And good resolves, a moment hot, 14
Fairly began — but finished not. 15

A fruitless late remorse doth trace — 16
Like Hebrew lore, a backward pace — 17
Her irrecoverable race. 18

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Disjointed numbers — sense unknit — 19
Huge reams of folly — shreds of wit — 20
Compose the mingled mass of it. 21

My scalded eyes no longer brook, 22
Upon this ink- blurr'd thing to look. 23
Go — shut the leaves — and clasp the book! — 24
from The Bijou, 1828, pp. 24-25
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