[From the Latin of Petronious Ascanius.]
When, wanton fair, the snowy orb you throw,
I feel a fire before unknown in snow.
E'en coldest snow I find has pow'r to warm
My breast, when flung by Julia's lovely arm.
T'elude love's pow'rful arts I strive in vain,
If ice and snow can latent fires contain.
These frolics leave: the force of beauty prove,
With equal passion cool my ardent love.
More verses by Christopher Smart
- Jubilate Agno: Fragment A
- Jubilate Agno (Excerpt)
- For I Will Consider My Cat Jeoffry (Excerpt, Jubilate Agno)
- Psalm 114
- A Morning Hymn