Winthrop Mackworth Praed

(1802 - 1839 / England)

A Letter of Advice


You tell me you're promised a lover,
My own Araminta, next week;
Why cannot my fancy discover
The hue of his coat, and his cheek?
Alas! if he look like another,
A vicar, a banker, a beau,
Be deaf to your father and mother,
My own Araminta, say 'No!'

Miss Lane, at her Temple of Fashion,
Taught us both how to sing and to speak,
And we loved one another with passion,
Before we had been there a week:
You gave me a ring for a token;
I wear it wherever I go;
I gave you a chain, - it is broken?
My own Araminta, say 'No!'

O think of our favorite cottage,
And think of our dear Lalla Rookh!
How we shared with the milkmaids their pottage,
And drank of the stream from the brook;
How fondly our loving lips faltered,
'What further can grandeur bestow?'
My heart is the same; - is yours altered?
My own Araminta, say 'No!'

Remember the thrilling romances
We read on the bank in the glen;
Remember the suitors our fancies
Would picture for both of us then;
They wore the red cross on their shoulder,
They had vanquished and pardoned their foe -
Sweet friend, are you wiser or colder?
My own Araminta, say 'No!'

Submitted: Monday, April 19, 2010
Edited: Saturday, May 07, 2011

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (A Letter of Advice by Winthrop Mackworth Praed )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

Trending Poets

Trending Poems

  1. If, Rudyard Kipling
  2. Invictus, William Ernest Henley
  3. Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night, Dylan Thomas
  4. The Saddest Poem, Pablo Neruda
  5. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  6. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda
  7. Annabel Lee, Edgar Allan Poe
  8. A Dream Within A Dream, Edgar Allan Poe
  9. Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou
  10. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou

Poem of the Day

poet Sarah Flower Adams

O Love! thou makest all things even
In earth or heaven;
Finding thy way through prison-bars
Up to the stars;
Or, true to the Almighty plan,
That out of dust created man,
...... Read complete »

   

New Poems

  1. Rush, Christopher Fulbirg
  2. This Child Within The Man...{When Crossr.., Frank James Ryan Jr...FjR
  3. Unsent, Christopher Fulbirg
  4. M A S Q U E (A Non-Traditional Sonnet) ..., Frank James Ryan Jr...FjR
  5. No Pyrrhic Badge This Be (God Bless The .., Frank James Ryan Jr...FjR
  6. Beauty On Earth, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  7. Summers last leaf, Christopher Fulbirg
  8. Conundrums Consequence..., Frank James Ryan Jr...FjR
  9. Filled With Anticipation, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  10. Pollinating the battlefield, Christopher Fulbirg
[Hata Bildir]