Mark Akenside Poems
- Amoret If rightly tuneful bards decide, If it be fix'd in ...
- The Pleasures Of Imagination With what attractive charms ...
- Hymn To Science Science! thou fair effusive ray From...
- Nightingale, The To-night retired, the queen of heaven ...
- For A Column At Runnymede Thou, who the verdant plain dost...
- Complaint, The Away! away! Tempt me no more, insidious ...
- The Nightingale To-night retired, the queen of heaven With...
MARK AKENSIDE was born on the ninth of November, 1721, at Newcastle upon Tyne. His father, Mark, was a butcher, of the Presbyterian sect; his mother's name was Mary Lumsden. He received the first part of his education at the grammar-school of Newcastle , and was afterwards instructed by Mr. Wilson, who kept a private academy.
At the age of eighteen he was sent to Edinburgh, that he might qualify himself for the office of a dissenting minister; and received some assistance from the fund which the dissenters employ in educating young men of scanty fortune . But a wider view of the world opened other scenes and prompted other hopes: he determined to study physic, and repaid that ... more »
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If rightly tuneful bards decide,
If it be fix'd in Love's decrees,
That Beauty ought not to be tried
But by its native power to please,
Then tell me, youths and lovers, tell—
What fair can Amoret excel?
Behold that bright unsullied smile,
And wisdom speaking in her mien:
Yet—she so artless all the while,
So little studious to be seen—
We naught but instant gladness know,
Nor think to whom the gift we owe.
But neither music, nor the powers
Of youth and mirth and frolic cheer,
Add half the sunshine to the hours,
Or make life's ...