Lines written when sailing in a Boat at Evening


Written when sailing in a Boat


How rich the wave, in front, imprest
With evening twilight’s summer hues,
While, facing thus the crimson west,
The boat her silent course pursues!
And see how dark the backward stream! 5
A little moment past, so smiling!
And still, perhaps, with faithless gleam,
Some other loiterer beguiling.
Such views the youthful bard allure,
But, heedless of the following gloom, 10
He deems their colours shall endure
’Till peace go with him to the tomb.
—And let him nurse his fond deceit,
And what if he must die in sorrow !
Who would not cherish dreams so sweet,15
Though grief and pain may come to-morrow ?