SONG [1] 

How hard with anguish unreveal'd
Easy and gay to appear,
And teach the lip by sorrow seal'd
An artful smile to wear.
The heart consum'd by secret pains5
Which must not, dare not speak.
Whose silent tongue to none complains
Must sigh, or swelling break.
Then cease by stern reproach to load
Fresh sorrows on the opprest;10
Strew not with thorns his rugged road
Who fainting pants for rest.


[1] EDITOR'S NOTE: "Song" ("How hard with anguish unreveal'd") is printed in Mary under the title "To ----"; although it is not dated, the chronological sequencing of the volume suggests it was written in 1802-1803. BACK