The Shape alone let others prize,
The Features of the Fair;
I look for Spirit in her Eyes,
And Meaning in her Air.
A Damask Cheek, an Iv'ry Arm,
Shall ne'er my Wishes win,
Give me an animated Form,
That speaks a Mind within.
A Face where awful Honour shines,
Where Sense and Sweetness move,
And Angel Innocence refines,
The Tenderness of Love.
These are the Soul of Beauty's frame,
Without whose vital Aid,
Unfinish'd all her Features seem,
And all her Roses dead.
But ah! where both their Charms unite,
How perfect is the View,
With ev'ry Image of Delight,
With Graces ever new.
Of Pow'r to charm the greatest Woe,
The wildest Rage controul,
Diffusing Mildness o'er the Brow,
And Rapture thro' the Soul.
Their Pow'r but faintly to express,
All Language must despair,
But go behold
And read it perfect there.
Mark Akenside's Other Poems
Read this poem in other languages
This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.
Comments about this poem (A Song by Mark Akenside )
Still I Rise
The Road Not Taken
If You Forget Me
Edgar Allan Poe
I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
A Dream Within A Dream
Edgar Allan Poe
(12 July 1904 – 23 September 1973)
RoseAnn V. Shawiak
(4 April 1928 - 28 May 2014)
(16 August 1920 – 9 March 1994)
(January 6, 1883 – April 10, 1931)
(3rd April 19sixty)
(22 March 1941 -)
Lawrence S. Pertillar
- Henry Scott Holland
- Tonight I can write the saddest lines, Pablo Neruda
- Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
- Your Feet, Pablo Neruda
- Evil eyes repeller, S.D. TIWARI
- Death is Nothing at All, Henry Scott Holland
- The Dead Woman, Pablo Neruda
- National Trust, Tony Harrison
- My Imagination, Asomugha Gabriel
- Suicide Gone Wrong, janis nicole townsend
- Boy's Day Out, Shannon Chapel