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The Change - Poem by Anne Kingsmill Finch

POOR River, now thou'rt almost dry,
What Nymph, or Swain, will near thee lie?
Since brought, alas! to sad Decay,
What Flocks, or Herds, will near thee stay?
The Swans, that sought thee in thy Pride,
Now on new Streams forgetful ride:
And Fish, that in thy Bosom lay,
Chuse in more prosp'rous Floods to play.
All leave thee, now thy Ebb appears,
To waste thy sad Remains in Tears;
Nor will thy mournful Murmurs heed.
Fly, wretched Stream, with all thy speed,
Amongst those solid Rocks thy Griefs bestow;
For Friends, like those alas! thou ne'er did'st know.

And thou, poor Sun! that sat'st on high;
But late, the Splendour of the Sky;
What Flow'r, tho' by thy Influence born,
Now Clouds prevail, will tow'rds thee turn?
Now Darkness sits upon thy Brow,
What Persian Votary will bow?
What River will her Smiles reflect,
Now that no Beams thou can'st direct?
By watry Vapours overcast,
Who thinks upon thy Glories past?
If present Light, nor Heat we get,
Unheeded thou may'st rise, and set.
Not all the past can one Adorer keep,
Fall, wretched Sun, to the more faithful Deep.


Nor do thou, lofty Structure! boast,
Since undermin'd by Time and Frost:
Since thou canst no Reception give,
In untrod Meadows thou may'st live.
None from his ready Road will turn,
With thee thy wretched Change to mourn.
Not the soft Nights, or chearful Days
Thou hast bestow'd, can give thee Praise.

No lusty Tree that near thee grows,
(Tho' it beneath thy Shelter rose)
Will to thy Age a Staff become.
Fall, wretched Building! to thy Tomb.
Thou, and thy painted Roofs, in Ruin mixt,
Fall to the Earth, for That alone is fixt.

The same, poor Man, the same must be
Thy Fate, now Fortune frowns on thee.
Her Favour ev'ry one pursues,
And losing Her, thou all must lose.
No Love, sown in thy prosp'rous Days,
Can Fruit in this cold Season raise:
No Benefit, by thee conferr'd,
Can in this time of Storms be heard.
All from thy troubl'd Waters run;
Thy stooping Fabrick all Men shun.
All do thy clouded Looks decline,
As if thou ne'er did'st on them shine.

O wretched Man! to other World's repair;
For Faith and Gratitude are only there.


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  • Freshman - 894 Points Leslie Sharp (11/1/2014 11:48:00 AM)

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  2. 2. A Change Of Menu , Banjo Paterson
  3. 3. Change , Kathleen Jessie Raine
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  5. 5. I Cannot Change, As Others Do , Lord John Wilmot
  6. 6. Change , Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  7. 7. It Will Not Change , Sara Teasdale
  8. 8. Elegy Iii: Change , John Donne
  9. 9. A Change Of Air , Clarence Michael James Stani ..
  10. 10. Sonnet: Change You Can But… , Dr. A.Celestine Raj Manohar ..
  11. 11. The Course Of Life, Time, And Events And.. , Merlin Archivilla
  12. 12. Welcome Change , Gina Whitacre
  13. 13. Why Flowers Change Colour , Robert Herrick
  14. 14. Villanelle Of Change , Edwin Arlington Robinson
  15. 15. Change , Raymond Knister
  16. 16. A Prayer For Change , Linda Ori
  17. 17. Change Should Breed Change , William Henry Drummond
  18. 18. Change And Death , Charles Harpur
  19. 19. Modern Love X: But Where Began The Change , George Meredith
  20. 20. Constancy In Change , Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  21. 21. Winds Of Change , asma bahrainwala
  22. 22. Chance And Change , Esther Leclerc
  23. 23. ’tis Time For A Change Of Heart! , Dr. A.Celestine Raj Manohar ..
  24. 24. I Cannot Change, As Others Do , John Wilmot
  25. 25. Everything That Will Not Change , Amberlee Carter
  26. 26. Change , Algernon Charles Swinburne
  27. 27. I Wish It Would Change , Tiara Neal
  28. 28. "Welcome" Change , Pat Richards
  29. 29. Change. , Pissed Off
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  31. 31. (landscapes Collection) .... A Change Of.. , Janice Windle
  32. 32. (620) Menopause-A Change Of Life , Melvina Germain
  33. 33. (((((Wind Of Change))))) , Lillian Jamison
  34. 34. ** Seasons Change. , Shelley L Baxter
  35. 35. Change, The Inevitable. , Jake Harris
  36. 36. I Love You As You Are - Now Change , Flying Lemming
  37. 37. Change , Muriel Stuart
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  39. 39. Time For A Change , Linda Ori
  40. 40. The Change , Anne Kingsmill Finch
  41. 41. Pollution And Climate Change , Michael Shepherd
  42. 42. A Positive Change , Seema Chowdhury
  43. 43. No Notice Gave She, But A Change , Emily Dickinson
  44. 44. Sea Change , Robert William Service
  45. 45. Change Me O God , Jennie Nguyen
  46. 46. The Change , Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  47. 47. Me, Change! Me, Alter! , Emily Dickinson
  48. 48. Change , Otteri Selvakumar
  49. 49. Change Of Heart , Dónall Dempsey
  50. 50. Season Of Change , Linda Ori
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