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TO A FLY
Go, get thee gone! ' tis not the summer coming,
But my first fire, the winter's harbinger,
Which from thy crevice warm has sent thee roaming
On the chill air thy little wing to stir.
Yet stay, I should be loath to see thee wander
Forth to the gale, to face the surly blast;
Around my chair in playful flight meander,
But seek they winter home again at last -
Yet I dislike thy race, nor them alone,
But buzzing impudence among my own.
Still be my winter guest, till spring returning
Shall bring the balmy zephyrs back again;
Then spread they pinion to the first fair morning,
And humming water o'er the flowery plain,
Here fold thy fragile wing, and fix thy hermitage
Where the bring blaze my cheerful cottage warms,
Till the keen 'biting north' has spent its rage.
Lone homeless pilgrim in a world of storms,
I pity him who could not pity thee;
I scorn the man who'd crush thee wantonly.
WRITTEN AT 'LOVERS LEAP' ON THE BANKS OF THE DART
I'd live a hermit on the craggy side
Of this rude rock, which juts its rugged breast,
Where murmuring at delay the waters glide,
Running the restless race in search of rest.
The rapid Dart with its own foam at play,
Dashing and rippling as it speeds along,
As through the rocks its gushing waters stray,
Should raise a chorus to my morning song.
And when at eve the moon in vain essays
To view her likeness in the playful stream,
And the soft radiance of her smiling rays
Strays o'er the wave in many a sparkling beam,
Pure would my vesper hymn ascend on high-
Meek could I live, and humbly trusting die.
Transcribed by Sandra Windeatt from: Wright, W.H.K., (1896) West-Country Poets: Their Lives and Works. London: Elliot Stock, pp.47-48
Last updated 22 Jul 2011 - Brian Randell.
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