The Fate of Adelaide, a Swiss Romantic Tale; and Other Poems

The Fate of Adelaide, and Other Poems (1821)
by Letitia Elizabeth Landon
2242477The Fate of Adelaide, and Other Poems1821Letitia Elizabeth Landon











The sanction of a Lady so long distinguished for brilliant talents, has to me, indeed, been the greatest encouragement. Ever accustomed to look up to Mrs. Siddons as the perfection of all that is beautiful and sublime in poetry, I cannot express how gratified I feel in being allowed to bring my first offering to a shrine so much venerated. However unworthy I may be of the high honour conferred, it could nor be more gratefully appreciated than by one, whose admiration and respect, can, Madam, only be equalled by her gratitude.

L. E. L.


The appeal of so young a Candidate for public favour as myself, must be made less to the candour, than to the kindness of my judges. Well aware that, like the fountain of youth of which we read in the Fairy Tales of the East, the bright springs of poetry may he drank but by few; and that the path we fondly deemed led to immortality, too often terminates in the waters of oblivion—I dare only intreat gentle visitings, for the alight plant thus adventured in open daylight; and look forward to its fate with fear, rather than with hope that it will blossom to maturity.

The Fate of Adelaide
Table of Contents

The Fate of Adelaide Canto I Romantic Switzerland! thy scenes are traced 1
The Fate of Adelaide Canto II Once more my harp awakens; once again 33
The Farewell Farewell! companion of my solitude! 69
Lines to — Think of me, and I'll tell thee when 71
Fragment Love thee! yes, yes! the storms that rend aside 73
Absence I will not say, I fear your absent one 75
Curtius There is a multitude, in number like 77
Sketch of a Painting of Santa Malvidera She knelt upon the rock; her graceful arms 81
Sonnet Green willow! over whom the perilous blast 83
Sonnet It is not in the day of revelry 84
Stanzas I do not weep that thou art laid 85
The Village of the Lepers There was a curse on the unhappy race— 86
Lines on — I saw thy cheek when 'twas fresh as spring 88
Fragment It is not spring, but still the new-come year 91
Portrait I gaz'd admiringly upon his face 93
To — Oh! say not, that I love not nature's face 95
Corinna She stood alone; but on her every eye 97
Sleeping Child How innocent, how beautiful thy sleep! 99
Lines addressed to Colonel H. Who envies not the glory of the brave! 101
Love's Parting Wreath I give thee, love, a blooming braid 103
Answer The wreath you gave me, love, is dead 105
Dirge Oh, calm be thy slumbers! 107
Sonnet I envy not the traveller's delight 109
Absence Oh! never can we feel how dear 110
A Lover's Dream It was a dream, as bright as e'er 113
The Phoenix and the Dove My wings are bright with the rainbow's dyes 115
Love's Choice Too long the daring power of love 116
The Star Oh! would I might share thy wild car 117
Stanzas adapted to music by — My heart is as light as the gossamer veil 119
Answer to — Twine not the cypress round my harp— 121
Castle Building You may smile at the fanciful structures I rear 123
Fable Four souls, that on earth had just yielded their breath 125
Sketch of Scenery It was a little glen, which, like a thing 129
Lines to — No, no! thou hast broken the spell that entwin'd me— 133
Lines addressed to Miss Bisset Came it not like enchantment on the soul 135
Fragment I saw her amid pleasure's gayest haunts— 137
Lines She kneels by the grave where her lover sleeps 139
The Storm There was a vessel combating the waves 141
Sir John Doyle Bart. My heart has beat high at the heroes of old 146
Fragment Is not this grove 149
Addressed to — The bee, when varying flowers are nigh 154

This work was published before January 1, 1929, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.

Public domainPublic domainfalsefalse