Literary Gazette 15th November 1823, Page 730-731
SKETCH I. THE PAINTER.
I know not which is the most fatal gift,
Genius or Love, for both alike are ruled
By stars of bright aspect and evil influence.
He was a lonely and neglected child:
His cheek was colourless, save when the flush
Of strong emotion mastered its still whiteness;
His dark eyes seemed all heaviness and gloom,
So rarely were they raised. His mother's love
Was for her other children: they were fair,
And had health's morning hues and sunny looks.
She had not seen him, when he watched the sun
Setting at eve, like an idolater,
Until his cheek grew crimson in the light
Of the all-radiant heavens, and his eyes
- ↑ This poem appears in The Vow of the Peacock and Other Poems (1835)