Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, HASTINGS' SONNETS: 6, by SAMUEL EGERTON BRYDGES



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HASTINGS' SONNETS: 6, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: But is congenial quiet, and of frame
Last Line: With flame consuming on itself't will brood!
Subject(s): Hastings, Henry (1551-1650)


But is congenial quiet, and of frame
Sound health, sufficient? Does not mind demand
Food and exhilaration? Conscience, ever
Busy within us, must fulfil its aim!
Around us circles an aerial band,
Which tells us spiritual labours to endeavour;
And not alone the senses to employ,
As the pure channels of our earthly joy!
There is, within, a deity, whose desires
We must sustain and feed by mental fires;
The insate mind, but from without supplied,
Languishes on a weak imperfect food;
If sustenance more spiritual be denied,
With flame consuming on itself't will brood!





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