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L A LLA.

BY THE LADY E. S. WORTLEY.

RECLINED upon thy glittering cushions,

Young radiant Beauty of the East; What lovely dreams, what gentle fancies

Come to charm thy maiden breast?

Are they of some dark-eyed lover,

Who breathed through blushing flowers his love ;Whose passion in thy heart hath waken'd

Sweet reply-pure spotless dove?

Or say, art thou, thus bright and matchless,

Destined for some loftier fate; Shalt thou in the sultan's palace

Reign the first in charms and state ?

Shall thy beauty win these honours

Shalt thou yet be named and known “ The harem's light, the monarch's idol,

Mistress of his heart and throne ?”

Ah! beauteous being ! happier, surely,

If some lowlier love is thine ;
Safe from strife, and wrath, and envy,

Thou shalt find love's breath divine.

Youth, passion, freedom, sunshine, roses,

Are not these, of wealth, enough?
The proudcr paths of life's brief journey,

Oft with thorns and briars are rough!

STANZAS

TO THE LADY EMMELINE MANNERS, UPON READING A POEM OF HERS IN 1830, ENDING, “ AND STILL I EVER

LOVE IN VAIN!”

BY THE MARQUESS OF LONDONDERRY.

'Tis said she loves each earthly thing,
While blooming as the morning spring,

She ever loves in vain ! -
The worst of tortures fate can find,
Corrode her fair and spotless mind,

And force a life of pain.

Ah! 'tis an anguish too severe,
For e'en a friend to soothe or cheer,

It banishes all rest.–
Why do the fates such law ordain ?
To cleave that tender heart in twain,

To agonize her breast ?

Her torturing pangs, alas ! are found
More poignant than the keenest wound,

That venom'd darts can send ;
For fortitude can suffer pain ;
But, oh! to love—and not again

Be loved—is feeling's end !
Still, let not disappointment's power
Impress with gloom each future hour,

Nor every hope destroy.
GENIUS, her child will fondly greet!
And, though delay'd, she still will meet

All that she dreams of joy!

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