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Poetry from the Ark, No 187

The Captive Dove
By Anne Bronte, 1820-1849

Poor restless Dove, I pity thee,
And when I hear thy plaintive moan
I'll mourn for thy captivity
And in thy woes forget mine own.

To see thee stand prepared to fly,
And flap those useless wings of thine,
And gaze into the distant sky
Would melt a harder heart than mine

In vain! In vain! Thou canst not rise -
Thy prison roof confines thee there,
Its slender wires delude thine eyes,
And quench thy longing with despair

O! thou wert made to wander free
In sunny mead and shady grove,
And far beyond the rolling sea
In distant climes at will to rove.

Yet hadst thou but one gentle mate
Thy little drooping heart to cheer
And share with thee thy captive state,
Thou couldst be happy even there

Yes, even there, if listening by
One faithful dear companion stood,
While gazing on her full bright eye
Thou mightst forget thy native wood

But thou, poor solitary dove,
Must make unheard thy joyless moan;
The heart that nature formed to love
Must pine neglected and alone.

~Anne Bronte 1820-1849

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