Treasure Island

Anna Laetitia Barbauld

(20 June 1743 – 9 March 1825 / Leicestershire, England)

Dejection


When sickness clouds the languid eye,
And seeds of sharp diseases fly
Swift through the vital frame;
Rich drugs are torn from earth and sea,
And balsam drops from every tree,
To quench the parching flame.
But oh! what opiate can assuage
The throbbing breast's tumultuous rage,
Which mingling passions tear!
What art the wounds of grief can bind,
Or soothe the sick impatient mind
Beneath corroding care!

Not all the potent herbs that grow
On purple heath, or mountain's brow,
Can banished peace restore;
In vain the spring of tears to dry,
For purer air or softer sky
We quit our native shore.
Friendship, the richest balm that flows,
Was meant to heal our sharpest woes,
But runs not always pure;
And Love—has sorrows of his own,
Which not an herb beneath the moon
Is found of power to cure.
Soft Pity, mild dejected maid,
With tenderest hand applies her aid
To dry the frequent tear;
But her own griefs, of finer kind,
Too deeply wound the feeling mind
With anguish more severe.

Submitted: Monday, September 06, 2010

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

What do you think this poem is about?



Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (Dejection by Anna Laetitia Barbauld )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

PoemHunter.com Updates

New Poems

  1. Cured Cancer, Foster Teegarden
  2. Saying one's prayers, MOHAMMAD SKATI
  3. Eat Dessert First, Bill Grace
  4. cuts, Josephine Taylor
  5. Our India, Anishka Singh
  6. Agony 2, Michael McParland
  7. Single-minded, gajanan mishra
  8. Last night was looking in my eyes, valentin savin
  9. Craving, Foster Teegarden
  10. Rain in summer امطار صيفية, MOHAMMAD SKATI

Poem of the Day

poet Rupert Brooke

If I should die, think only this of me:
That there's some corner of a foreign field
That is for ever England. There shall be
In that rich earth a richer dust concealed;
...... Read complete »

   

Trending Poems

  1. 04 Tongues Made Of Glass, Shaun Shane
  2. Invictus, William Ernest Henley
  3. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  4. No Man Is An Island, John Donne
  5. Daffodils, William Wordsworth
  6. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  7. Fire and Ice, Robert Frost
  8. All the World's a Stage, William Shakespeare
  9. Alone, Maya Angelou
  10. Annabel Lee, Edgar Allan Poe

Trending Poets

[Hata Bildir]