[Page 42]


1 Once, weary of the busy town,
2 And with poetic ardour fir'd,
3 I left it with a scornful frown,
4 To yon sweet hermitage retir'd.
5 I set me on a mossy stone
6 Beside the softly filling stream;
7 So charm'd to find myself alone,
8 It only seem'd a pleasant dream.
9 When, lo! from yon surrounding shades,
10 Through which the waters glide along,
11 Step'd forward two as lovely maids
12 As e'er were fam'd in poet's song.
[Page 43]
13 The one magestic, graceful, gay,
14 Commanded more than mortal air;
15 Her meaning eyes were bright as day;
16 In glossy ringlets wav'd her hair.
17 Her dress, the purest simple white,
18 No gaudy ornament did show;
19 She seem'd array'd in robes of light,
20 More spotless than the new fall'n snow.
21 The other like her sister seem'd,
22 But shone with an inferior air;
23 From her mild eyes no raptures stream'd,
24 But modest pleasure sparkled there.
25 A serious settled look of peace
26 In all her gentle form appear'd;
27 And something which could never cease
28 To make that gentle form endear'd.
[Page 44]
29 On me she turned her smiling eyes,
30 Which sparkl'd then with love and joy:
31 Be what I am, she sweetly cries,
32 And nothing shall your bliss destroy.
33 The other sternly thus reply'd:
34 'Twould be a crime to copy thee,
35 Unless he leave a world of pride,
36 Or wander through that world with me.
37 My name is Virtue! fear not, then,
38 In my rough paths on earth to stray;
39 I'll guide you from the wiles of men;
40 I'll lead you to the realms of day.
41 And this fair virgin is Content,
42 Which you, I hope, will shortly be.
43 If that's your wish, in time repent,
44 Disdain the world, and follow me.
[Page 45]
45 I rose, and, with a beating heart,
46 Clasp'd blooming Virtue to my breast:
47 By heav'n, we never more shall part!
48 I sigh'd, I wept, and closer prest.
49 Your path may lie through care and strife;
50 E'en through these paths I'll follow you,
51 Till, at the farthest verge of life,
52 I bid this vale of tears adieu.


  • TEI/XML [chunk] (XML - 104K / ZIP - 10K) / ECPA schema (RNC - 357K / ZIP - 73K)
  • Plain text [excluding paratexts] (TXT - 1.9K / ZIP - 1.2K)

Facsimile (Source Edition)

(Page images digitized from a copy at University of California Libraries — third-party rights apply.)



All Images (PDF - 1.1M)

About this text

Genres: occasional poem

Text view / Document view

Source edition

Carmichael, Miss (Rebekah) (fl. 1790-1806). Poems. Edinburgh: Peter Hill, 1790, pp. 42-45. 92p. (ESTC T104666) (Page images digitized from a copy at University of California Libraries — third-party rights apply.)

Editorial principles

Typography, spelling, capitalization, and punctuation have been cautiously modernized. The source of the text is given and all significant editorial interventions have been recorded in textual notes. This ECPA text has been edited to conform to the recommendations found in Level 5 of the Best Practices for TEI in Libraries version 4.0.0.