Life by Ann Radcliffe (9th July, 1764 – 7th February, 1823)
Life’s a varied, bright illusion,
Joy and sorrow – light and shade;
Turn from sorrow’s dark suffusion,
Catch the pleasures ere they fade.
Fancy paints with hues unreal,
Smile of bliss, and sorrow’s mood;
If they both are but ideal,
Why reject the seeming good?
Hence! no more! ’tis Wisdom calls ye,
Bids ye court Time’s present aid;
The future trust not – Hope enthrals ye,
‘Catch the pleasures ere they fade.’