Miscellaneous Rhymes, by Jack-O'-Hazeldean
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1878 edition. Excerpt: ... the fond dupe discovered the fatal delusion, When peace had been bartered in search of his joy! The visions of earth are all gay and alluring, But false as the mirage-mist over the sands; The path of the future deluding, obscuring, Deceiving the eye and eluding the hands 1 The faster you chase them, to compass possession, The farther away from your eyes they recede, Until you are burdened with heavy oppression Of sorrow that cursed disappointments breed. How often Death's shadow extorts the confession, That the rod of ambition has turned to the goad, And the splendour they sighed for, when once in possession, But weighed on the neck with unbearable load! How often Ambition is paying the forfeit Of bitter regret in the days of decay; Or the gay Sybarite, who in pleasure did surfeit, And his image to ashes has crumbled away. You see the bright temple of Fame is uprearing, All gilded and gorgeous, a glory-crowned spire, And to your rapt eyes the bright vision's appearing, The ultimate crowning of every desire; But when you imagine you're nearing the summit, And the labour of life is rewarded to be, Your hopes are dispelled--aye, as swift as the plummet Dives into the uttermost depths of the sea! And then you are left, to be wailing, repining That the false visions springing ahead were so gay; Or the fruit in the arbour was lusciously twining For an unseen hand to snatch it away. The phantoms of Hope in the future are weaving A tissue of glories to dazzle the sense; But, instead of the guerdon, the dupe is receiving A shattered ambition to crown his suspense! And even if granted the utmost ambition, The climax of splendour a mortal can know, Iron Fate will oft change, with a speedy transition, The light of his glory for shadows of woe! For the...
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