Mary Darby Robinson
Sonnet X: Dang’Rous To Hear by Mary Darby Robinson

Sonnet X: Dang’Rous To Hear by Mary Darby Robinson

Dang'rous to hear, is that melodious tongue, And fatal to the sense those murd'rous eyes, Where in a sapphire sheath, Love's arrow lies, Himself conceal'd the crystal haunts ...

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Sonnet To The Memory Of Miss Maria Linley by Mary Darby Robinson

Sonnet To The Memory Of Miss Maria Linley by Mary Darby Robinson

So bends beneath the storm yon balmy flow'r, Whose spicy blossoms once perfum'd the gale; So press'd with tears reclines yon lily pale, Obedient to the rude and beating show'r. ...

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Sonnet Xxxiv: Venus! To Thee by Mary Darby Robinson

Sonnet Xxxiv: Venus! To Thee by Mary Darby Robinson

Venus! to thee, the Lesbian Muse shall sing, The song, which Myttellenian youths admir'd, when Echo, am'rous of the strain inspir'd, Bade the wild rocks with madd'ning plaudits ...

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Sonnet Xliii: While From The Dizzy Precipice by Mary Darby Robinson

Sonnet Xliii: While From The Dizzy Precipice by Mary Darby Robinson

While from the dizzy precipice I gaze, The world receding from my pensive eyes, High o'er my head the tyrant eagle flies, Cloth'd in the sinking sun's transcendent blaze! The ...

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Lines Inscribed To P. De Loutherbourg, Esq. R. A. by Mary Darby Robinson

Lines Inscribed To P. De Loutherbourg, Esq. R. A. by Mary Darby Robinson

WHERE on the bosom of the foamy RHINE,In curling waves the rapid waters shine;Where tow'ring cliffs in awful grandeur rise,And midst the blue expanse embrace the skies;The ...

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January, 1795 by Mary Darby Robinson

January, 1795 by Mary Darby Robinson

Pavement slipp'ry, people sneezing,Lords in ermine, beggars freezing ;Titled gluttons dainties carving,Genius in a garret starving.Lofty mansions, warm and spacious ;Courtiers ...

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Sonnet To Evening by Mary Darby Robinson

Sonnet To Evening by Mary Darby Robinson

SWEET BALMY HOUR! ­dear to the pensive mind,Oft have I watch'd thy dark and weeping shade,Oft have I hail'd thee in the dewy glade,And drop'd a tear of SYMPATHY refin'd. When ...

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Life by Mary Darby Robinson

Life by Mary Darby Robinson

"What is this world?­thy school, O misery!"Our only lesson is to learn to suffer." - YOUNG. LOVE, thou sportive fickle boy, Source of anguish, child of joy, Ever ...

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Female Fashions For 1799 by Mary Darby Robinson

Female Fashions For 1799 by Mary Darby Robinson

A form, as any taper, fine ;A head like half-pint bason ;Where golden cords, and bands entwine,As rich as fleece of JASON.A pair of shoulders strong and wide,Like country clown ...

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Ode On Adversity by Mary Darby Robinson

Ode On Adversity by Mary Darby Robinson

WHERE o'er my head, the deaf'ning Tempest blew, And Night's cold lamp cast forth a feeble ray; Where o'er the woodlands, vivid light'nings flew, Cleft the strong oak, and scorch'd ...

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Sir Raymond Of The Castle by Mary Darby Robinson

Sir Raymond Of The Castle by Mary Darby Robinson

NEAR GLARIS, on a mountain's side,Beneath a shad'wy wood,With walls of ivy compass'd round,An ancient Castle stood. By all rever'd, by all ador'd,There dwelt a wealthy dame;One ...

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Echo To Him Who Complains by Mary Darby Robinson

Echo To Him Who Complains by Mary Darby Robinson

O FLY thee from the shades of night,Where the loud tempests yelling rise; Where horrror wings her sullen flightBeneath the bleak and lurid skies. As the pale light'ning swiftly ...

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Golfre, Gothic Swiss Tale by Mary Darby Robinson

Golfre, Gothic Swiss Tale by Mary Darby Robinson

I.Where freezing wastes of dazzl'ing SnowO'er LEMAN'S Lake rose, tow'ring;The BARON GOLFRE'S Castle strongWas seen, the silv'ry peaks among,With ramparts, darkly low'ring!--Tall ...

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Lewin And Gynneth by Mary Darby Robinson

Lewin And Gynneth by Mary Darby Robinson

"WHEN will my troubled soul have rest?"The beauteous LEWIN cried;As thro' the murky shade of nightWith frantic step she hied. "When shall those eyes my GYNNETH'S face,My GYNNETH'S ...

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All Alone by Mary Darby Robinson

All Alone by Mary Darby Robinson

I. Ah! wherefore by the Church-yard side,Poor little LORN ONE, dost thou stray?Thy wavy locks but thinly hideThe tears that dim thy blue-eye's ray;And wherefore dost thou sigh, ...

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The Haunted Beach by Mary Darby Robinson

The Haunted Beach by Mary Darby Robinson

Upon a lonely desart BeachWhere the white foam was scatter'd,A little shed uprear'd its headThough lofty Barks were shatter'd.The Sea-weeds gath'ring near the door,A sombre path ...

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Deborah’s Parrot, A Village Tale by Mary Darby Robinson

Deborah’s Parrot, A Village Tale by Mary Darby Robinson

'Twas in a little western townAn ancient Maiden dwelt:Her name was MISS, or MISTRESS, Brown,Or DEBORAH, or DEBBY: SheWas doom'd a Spinster pure to be,For soft delights her breast ...

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Male Fashions For 1799 by Mary Darby Robinson

Male Fashions For 1799 by Mary Darby Robinson

Crops like hedgehogs, high-crown'd hats,Whispers like Jew MOSES ;Padded collars, thick cravats,And cheeks as red as roses.Faces painted pink and brown ;Waistcoats strip'd and ...

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Cupid Sleeping by Mary Darby Robinson

Cupid Sleeping by Mary Darby Robinson

CLOSE in a woodbine's tangled shade, The BLOOMING GOD asleep was laid; His brows with mossy roses crown'd; His golden darts lay scatter'd round; To shade his auburn, curled head, ...

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Ode To The Moon by Mary Darby Robinson

Ode To The Moon by Mary Darby Robinson

PALE GODDESS of the witching hour;Blest Contemplation's placid friend; Oft in my solitary bow'r,I mark thy lucid beamFrom thy crystal car descend,Whitening the spangled heath, and ...

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Lines Written On The Sea-Coast by Mary Darby Robinson

Lines Written On The Sea-Coast by Mary Darby Robinson

SWIFT o'er the bounding deep the VESSEL glides,Its streamers flutt'ring in the summer gales,The lofty mast the breezy air derides,As gaily o'er the glitt'ring surf she sails. Now ...

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Edmund’s Wedding by Mary Darby Robinson

Edmund’s Wedding by Mary Darby Robinson

By the side of the brook, where the willow is wavingWhy sits the wan Youth, in his wedding-suit gay!Now sighing so deeply, now frantickly ravingBeneath the pale light of the ...

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Lines To The Memory Of Richard Boyle, Esq. by Mary Darby Robinson

Lines To The Memory Of Richard Boyle, Esq. by Mary Darby Robinson

"Fate snatch'd him early to the pitying sky."- POPE. IF WORTH, too early to the grave consign'd,Can claim the pitying tear, or touch the mind ?If manly sentiments unstain'd by ...

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Lines On Hearing It Declared That No Women Were So Handsome As The English by Mary Darby Robinson

Lines On Hearing It Declared That No Women Were So Handsome As The English by Mary Darby Robinson

BEAUTY, the attribute of Heaven! In various forms to mortals given, With magic skill enslaves mankind, As sportive fancy sways the mind. Search the wide world, go where you will, ...

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The Bee And The Butterfly by Mary Darby Robinson

The Bee And The Butterfly by Mary Darby Robinson

UPON a garden's perfum'd bed With various gaudy colours spread, Beneath the shelter of a ROSE A BUTTERFLY had sought repose; Faint, with the sultry beams of day, Supine the ...

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The Origin Of Cupid — A Fable by Mary Darby Robinson

The Origin Of Cupid — A Fable by Mary Darby Robinson

ON IDA'S mount the gods were met, A sportive, jolly, noisy set, Resolving nectar bowls to quaff, To revel, riot, sing and laugh; For gods will frolic now and then, And err like ...

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Ainsi Va Le Monde by Mary Darby Robinson

Ainsi Va Le Monde by Mary Darby Robinson

O THOU, to whom superior worth's allied,Thy Country's honour­and the MUSES' pride;Whose pen gives polish to the varying lineThat blends instruction with the song divine;Whose ...

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Sonnet — The Snow-Drop by Mary Darby Robinson

Sonnet — The Snow-Drop by Mary Darby Robinson

THOU meekest emblem of the infant year,Why droops so cold and wan thy fragrant head ?Ah ! why retiring to thy frozen bed,Steals from thy silky leaves the trembling tear ? Day's ...

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Ode To Envy by Mary Darby Robinson

Ode To Envy by Mary Darby Robinson

Deep in th' abyss where frantic horror bides, In thickest mists of vapours fell,Where wily Serpents hissing glareAnd the dark Demon of Revenge resides,At midnight's murky hourThy ...

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The Negro Girl by Mary Darby Robinson

The Negro Girl by Mary Darby Robinson

I. Dark was the dawn, and o'er the deepThe boist'rous whirlwinds blew;The Sea-bird wheel'd its circling sweep,And all was drear to view--When on the beach that binds the western ...

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Elegy To The Memory Of Werter by Mary Darby Robinson

Elegy To The Memory Of Werter by Mary Darby Robinson

"With female Fairies will thy tomb be haunted"And worms will not come to thee." SHAKSPERE. WHEN from Day's closing eye the lucid tearsFall lightly on the bending lily's head;When ...

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Ode To Meditation by Mary Darby Robinson

Ode To Meditation by Mary Darby Robinson

SWEET CHILD OF REASON! maid serene; With folded arms, and pensive mien, Who wand'ring near yon thorny wild, So oft, my length'ning hours beguil'd; Thou, who within thy peaceful ...

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Stanzas by Mary Darby Robinson

Stanzas by Mary Darby Robinson

WHEN fragrant gales and summer show'rsCall'd forth the sweetly scented flow'rs;When ripen'd sheaves of golden grain,Strew'd their rich treasures o'er the plain;When the full grape ...

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Morning by Mary Darby Robinson

Morning by Mary Darby Robinson

O'ER fallow plains and fertile meads,AURORA lifts the torch of day;The shad'wy brow of Night recedes,Cold dew-drops fall from every spray;Now o'er the thistle's rugged head,Thin ...

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Ode To Melancholy by Mary Darby Robinson

Ode To Melancholy by Mary Darby Robinson

SORC'RESS of the Cave profound! Hence, with thy pale, and meagre train, Nor dare my roseate bow'r profane, Where light-heel'd mirth despotic reigns, Slightly bound in feath'ry ...

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Stanzas To A Friend by Mary Darby Robinson

Stanzas To A Friend by Mary Darby Robinson

AH! think no more that Life's delusive joys,Can charm my thoughts from FRIENDSHIP'S dearer claim;Or wound a heart, that scarce a wish employs,For age to censure, or discretion ...

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Stanzas To Time by Mary Darby Robinson

Stanzas To Time by Mary Darby Robinson

CAPRICIOUS foe to human joy,Still varying with the fleeting day;With thee the purest raptures cloy,The fairest prospects fade away;Nor worth, nor pow'r thy wings can bind,All ...

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Elegy To The Memory Of Richard Boyle, Esq. by Mary Darby Robinson

Elegy To The Memory Of Richard Boyle, Esq. by Mary Darby Robinson

NEAR yon bleak mountain's dizzy height, That hangs o'er AVON's silent wave; By the pale Crescent's glimm'ring light, I sought LORENZO's lonely grave. O'er the long grass the ...

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Petrarch To Laura by Mary Darby Robinson

Petrarch To Laura by Mary Darby Robinson

"Ere such a soul regains its peaceful state, "How often must it love, how often hate, "How often hope, despair, resent, regret, "Conceal, disdain, do all things, but forget."- ...

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Ode To Despair by Mary Darby Robinson

Ode To Despair by Mary Darby Robinson

TERRIFIC FIEND! thou Monster fell, Condemn'd in haunts profane to dwell, Why quit thy solitary Home, O'er wide Creation's paths to roam? Pale Tyrant of the timid Heart, Whose ...

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Sonnet Xvi: Delusive Hope by Mary Darby Robinson

Sonnet Xvi: Delusive Hope by Mary Darby Robinson

Delusive Hope! more transient than the rayThat leads pale twilight to her dusky bed,O'er woodland glen, or breezy mountain's head,Ling'ring to catch the parting sigh of day.Hence ...

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The Fugitive by Mary Darby Robinson

The Fugitive by Mary Darby Robinson

Oft have I seen yon Solitary ManPacing the upland meadow. On his browSits melancholy, mark'd with decent pride,As it would fly the busy, taunting world,And feed upon reflection. ...

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Canzonet by Mary Darby Robinson

Canzonet by Mary Darby Robinson

SLOW the limpid currents twining,Brawl along the lonely dell,'Till in one wild stream combining,Nought its rapid course can quell;So at first LOVE'S poisons stealing,Round the ...

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The Shepherd’s Dog by Mary Darby Robinson

The Shepherd’s Dog by Mary Darby Robinson

I.A Shepherd's Dog there was; and heWas faithful to his master's will,For well he lov'd his company,Along the plain or up the hill; All Seasons were, to him, the sameBeneath the ...

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The Mistletoe (A Christmas Tale) by Mary Darby Robinson

The Mistletoe (A Christmas Tale) by Mary Darby Robinson

A farmer's wife, both young and gay,And fresh as op'ning buds of May;Had taken to herself, a Spouse,And plighted many solemn vows,That she a faithful mate would prove,In meekness, ...

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The Reply To Time by Mary Darby Robinson

The Reply To Time by Mary Darby Robinson

O TIME, forgive the mournful song That on thy pinions stole along, When the rude hand of pain severe Chas'd down my cheek the burning tear; When sorrow chill'd each warm desire ...

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Ode To The Nightingale by Mary Darby Robinson

Ode To The Nightingale by Mary Darby Robinson

SWEET BIRD OF SORROW! ­why complain In such soft melody of Song, That ECHO, am'rous of thy Strain, The ling'ring cadence doth prolong? Ah! tell me, tell me, why, Thy dulcet ...

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Ode To The Muse by Mary Darby Robinson

Ode To The Muse by Mary Darby Robinson

O, let me seize thy pen sublimeThat paints, in melting dulcet rhyme, The glowing pow'r, the magic art, Th' extatic raptures of the Heart; Soft Beauty's timid smile serene,The ...

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Lines To Him Who Will Understand Them by Mary Darby Robinson

Lines To Him Who Will Understand Them by Mary Darby Robinson

THOU art no more my bosom's FRIEND; Here must the sweet delusion end, That charm'd my senses many a year, Thro' smiling summers, winters drear.­ O, FRIENDSHIP! am I doom'd to ...

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The Alien Boy by Mary Darby Robinson

The Alien Boy by Mary Darby Robinson

'Twas on a Mountain, near the Western MainAn ALIEN dwelt. A solitary HutBuilt on a jutting crag, o'erhung with weeds,Mark'd the poor Exile's home. Full ten long yearsThe ...

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