Amelia Alderson Opie

Shelley King and John B. Pierce (eds), The Collected Poems of Amelia Alderson Opie

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Editor’s Note233SONG

  • 1I had a hope which now is o'er,
  • 2 It was the hope to live for thee!
  • pg 3043But since I'm doom'd to hope no more,
  • 4 I only bid thee pity me.
  • 5Yet had I been the favour'd one
  • 6 Allow'd to live for love, and thee,
  • 7I might perhaps have been undone,
  • 8 This world had then been all to me.—
  • 9But now I bid its scenes farewell,
  • 10 A better world my aim shall be!
  • 11And I may hope one day to dwell
  • 12 In that eternal world with thee!
  • 13There, dearest, I again may love,
  • 14 And thou with smiles my love may'st see,
  • 15For 'twill be shar'd with saints above,
  • 16 And worthy them, and worthy thee—

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Editor’s Note
233. Copy text: EM 83 (1823), 28. Collated: Haverford MS
Editor’s Note
233. MS: Haverford (Roberts), dated April 1824. Print version: [Included in prose tale 'False or True; or, the Journey to London']. EM 83 (July 1823): 28. Taken from 'False and True', a short tale in which the naive Ellen Mortimer surprises her cousin and declared lover Charles Mandeville with an unannounced visit to London, where she discovers that he has lost his taste for country pleasures and has become a practised man-about-town who uses his talents as a singer and dancer to gain entry to more elevated social circles. In order to disabuse Ellen of her continued admiration for Mandeville's musical abilities (despite his evident selfishness and loss of interest in his cousin), her hostess, Mrs Ainslie, invites to her party De Mornay, 'the best possible amateur performer', who has trained in Italy. Mandeville falters in the face of such polished excellence, and his vocal pretensions are crushed by De Mornay's virtuoso performance of this ballad.
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