by Thomas Campbell (1777 - 1844)

The flower of North Wales (Blodeu Cwynedd)
Language: English 
O Cherub Content, at thy moss-cover'd shrine
I'd all the gay hopes of my bosom resign,
I'd part with ambition, thy vot'ry to be,
And breathe not a sigh but to friendship and thee.

But thy presence appears from my wishes to fly,
Like the gold-colour'd cloud on the verge of the sky;
No lustre that hangs on the green willow tree
Is so short as the smile of thy favour to me.

O Cherub Content, at thy moss-cover'd shrine
I would offer my vows, if Matilda were mine;
Could I call her my own, whom enraptured I see,
I would breathe not a sigh, but to friendship and thee.

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Researcher for this text: Ferdinando Albeggiani

This text was added to the website: 2011-09-19
Line count: 12
Word count: 110