A loveliness not born of art, But growing outwards from her heart, Illuminating all her face, And filling all her form with grace.
Said I, of dress the borrowed light Could rival not her beauty bright? Yet, looking round, `tis truth to tell, No damsel here is dressed so well.
Only in them the dress one sees, Because more greatly it doth please Than any other charm that's theirs, Than all their manners, all their airs.
But dress in her, although indeed It perfect be, we do not heed, Because the face, the form, the air Are all so gentle and so rare.
Another day let slip! Its hours have run, Its golden hours, with prodigal excess, All run to waste. A day of life the less; Of many wasted days, alas, but one!
Through my west window streams the setting sun. I kneel within my chamber, and confess My sin and sorrow, filled with vain distress, In place of honest joy for work well done.
At noon I passed some labourers in a field. The sweat ran down upon each sunburnt face, Which shone like copper in the ardent glow. And one looked up, with envy unconcealed, Beholding my cool cheeks and listless pace, Yet he was happier, though he did not know.
Fain would I shake thee off, but weak am I Thy strong solicitations to withstand. Plenty of work lies ready to my hand, Which rests irresolute, and lets it lie.