Thomas Gray

On the Death of Richard West

Poem by Thomas Gray

In vain to me the smiling Mornings shine,
    And reddening PhÅ“bus lifts his golden fire;
The birds in vain their amorous descant join;
    Or cheerful fields resume their green attire;
These ears, alas! for other notes repine,
    A different object do these eyes require;
My lonely anguish melts no heart but mine;
    And in my breast the imperfect joys expire.
Yet Morning smiles the busy race to cheer,
   And new-born pleasure brings to happier men;
The fields to all their wonted tribute bear;
   To warm their little loves the birds complain;
I fruitless mourn to him that cannot hear,
   And weep the more because I weep in vain.