Henry James Pye

(20 February 1745 – 11 August 1813 / London, England)

Poems of Henry James Pye

81. Written On A Lady’s Fan 9/27/2010

Aerophorion

When bold Ambition tempts the ingenuous mind
To leave the beaten paths of life behind,
Sublime on Glory's pinions to arise,
Urg'd by the love of manly enterprize;
Swol'n Indolence and Fear, with envious view
The radiant track incessant will pursue,
The sneer of Malice to the croud will teach,
And mock those labors they despair to reach.

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