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On Seeing A Bust Of R. B. Sheridan, From A Cast Taken After Death Post by :dockrue Category :Poems Author :William Lisle Bowles Date :October 2011 Read :3535

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On Seeing A Bust Of R. B. Sheridan, From A Cast Taken After Death

Alas, poor Sheridan! when first we met,
'Twas 'mid a smiling circle, and thine eye,
That flashed with eloquent hilarity
And playful fancy, I remember yet
Freshly as yesterday. The gay and fair,
The young and beautiful,--now in their graves--
Surrounded us; while on the lucid wave
Of Hampton's waters, to the morning air
The streamer softly played of our light boat,
Which seemed as on a magic sea to float.

I saw thee after in this crowd of life,
Conflicting, but yet blandly, with its strife.
As the still car of Time rolled on, thy cheek
Wore the same smile, yet with a trace more weak.
Lone sorrow came as life declined, and care,
And age, with slowly furrowing line, was there.

I could have spared this fearful sight! Most strange
Is the eventful tale of mortal change,
Inevitable; but death, brought so nigh,
In form so tangible, harrows the eye.
As all the past floats like a cloud away,
Alas, poor Sheridan! I turn and say,
Not without feelings which such sights impart,
Sad, but instructive, to the Christian's heart!


May 18, 1826.


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William Lisle Bowles's poem: On Seeing A Bust Of R. B. Sheridan, From A Cast Taken After Death

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