Home > Uncategorized > Lucy Aikin: Sickening I turn on yonder plain to mourn the widows and the slain

Lucy Aikin: Sickening I turn on yonder plain to mourn the widows and the slain

====

Anti-war essays, poems, short stories and literary excerpts

British writers on peace and war

Lucy Aikin: Gentle Peace with healing hand returns

====

Lucy Aikin

From Necessity

The battle roars, the day is won,
Exulting Fortune crowns her son:
Sickening I turn on yonder plain
To mourn the widows and the slain;
To mourn the woes, the crimes of man,
To search in vain the eternal plan,
In outraged nature claim a part,
And ponder, desolate of heart.

***

On Seeing Blenheim Castle

[Built for the Duke of Marlborough in reward for his role in the Battle of Blenheim]

O ask not me of Blenheim’s marble halls,
Her towering column and triumphal gate;
With vacant glance I viewed the trophied walls,
The wide unsocial haunt of sullen state!

Boast not to me the wooded green domain,
Formed by the labourer’s hand, the artist’s rule;
Joyless I saw, in yon extended plain,
A cultured desert and a stagnant pool.

Be mine the cheerful view of village green
With ruddy children scattered far and near,
The babbling brook thro’ willow hedgerows seen
That turns the mill with current cold and clear!

At scenes like these the feeling breast may warm,
And tears of young philanthropy may start,
The poet’s mind new dreams of beauty form,
And fancy own the promptings of the heart.

But ask not me of Blenheim’s marble halls;
Tho’ Marlborough’s triumphs grace her sculptured gate,
With careless glance I viewed her trophied walls,
Chilled by the frown of dull unsocial state.

Advertisements
Categories: Uncategorized
  1. No comments yet.
  1. No trackbacks yet.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

w

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: