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Stock in Trade of Modern Poetesses

Marguerite Gardiner, Countess of Blessington

[In The Keepsake for 1833 (London, UK: Longman, etc, 1832), p. 208: ]

     Lonely shades, and murm'ring founts;
     Limpid steams, and azure mounts;
     Rocks and caverns, ocean's roar;
     Waves, whose surges lash the shore;
5     Moons, that silver radiance shed,
     When the vulgar are "a-bed;"
     Stars and planets shining high,
     Make one feel 'twere bliss to die;
     Twilight's soft mysterious light;
10     Suns whose rays are "all" too bright;
     Wither'd hopes, and faded flowers,
     Beauties pining in their bowers;
     Broken harps, and untuned lyres;
     Lutes neglected, unquench'd fires;
15     Vultures pecking at the heart,
     Leaving owners scarce a part;
     Doves that, frighted from the breast,
     Seek in vain some sweeter rest;
     Feather'd songsters of the grove,
20     Warbling notes of joy and love;
     Hearts a prey to dark despair,
     Why, or how, we hardly care;
     Pale disease feeds on the cheek,
     Health how feeble -- head how weak --
25     Bursting tear and endless sigh --
      Query, can she tell us why?
     Pallid nymphs with fronts of snow,
     Ebon locks with graceful flow;
     Lips of rose leaves' tender dyes,
30     Eyes that mock cerulean skies;
     And a foot too which may pass
     Over, yet not bend, the grass. --
     Next, a hero, with an air --
     Half a brigand -- half corsair;
35     Dark, myserious in his life,
     Dreadful in the battle's strife;
     Vice and virtue in his breast,
     War for empire -- banish rest --
     Raving still of glory -- fame --
40     While dishonour marks his name;
     Loving one, and only one --
     Though he has that one undone;
     A Macedoine of good and evil,
     One part hero -- three parts devil:
45     Quite an Admirable Crichton
     Is the hero all now write on. --
     This is now the stock in trade,
     With which a modern poem's made.

Date: 1832 (Coding Revisions: 12/30/2005). Author: Marguerite Gardiner, Countess of Blessington (Coding Revisions: Laura Mandell).
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