Charlotte Smith

Here you will find the Poem Hope of poet Charlotte Smith


Parody on Lord Strangford's 'Just like Love.' 
JUST like Hope is yonder bow, 
That from the center bends so low, 
Where bright prismatic colours shew 
How gems of heavenly radiance glow, 
Just like Hope ! 
Yet if, to the illusion new, 
The pilgrim should the arch pursue, 
Farther and farther from his view, 
It flies; then melts in chilling dew, 
Just like Hope ! 

Ye fade, ethereal hues ! for ever, 
While, cold Reason, thy endeavour 
Sooths not that sad heart, which never 
Glows with Hope.