Where Virtue calm with careless step may stray,
And, dancing to the moonlight roundelay,
The wizard passion wears a holy spell.
Eyes that have ached with anguish! ye shall weep
Tears of doubt-mingled joy, as those who start
From precipices of distempered sleep,
On which the fierce-eyed fiends their revels keep,
And see the rising sun, and feel it dart
New rays of pleasure trembling to the heart.
Amelia Opie (née Alderson) published at least twenty-three books, including
novels, poems, tales, and works for children. Her novel Adeline Mowbray; or,
The Mother and Daughter (1804) is loosely based on the lives of Mary Woll-
stonecraft and William Godwin. Her poems include lyrics, odes, and a pow-
erful Elegy to the Memory of the Late Duke of Bedford. She was active in the
antislavery campaign, producing works such as The Negro Boy's Tale, A Poem,
Addressed to Children (1824) and The Black Man's Lament; or, How to Make
Power of the awful wind, whose hollow blast
Hurls desolation wide, thy sway I hail!
Thou o'er the scene around can'st beauties cast,
Superior far to aught that Summer's gale
Can, in the ripening year, to bloom awake;
To view thy majesty, the cheerful tale,
The dance, the festive song, I, pleased, forsake;
And here, thy power and thy attractions own,
Now the pale regent of thy splendid night
Decks with her yellow rays thy snowy throne;
Richly her beams on Summer's mantle light,
Richly they gild chill Autumn's tawny vest
But, ah! to me they shine more chastely bright,
Spangling the icy robe that wraps thy breast.
Farewell! gay Summer! now the changing wind
That Autumn brings, commands thee to retreat;
It fades the roses which thy temples bind
And the green sandals which adorn thy feet.
Now flies with thee the walk at eventide