Amira’s Happiness employs my care,
And Friendship breaths for her the frequent sigh,
But what is Happiness? a smiling ray
Mingle with clouds, and breaking here and there
With cheerful radiance, now it gayly shines,
And now it disappears, and Nature droops
Disconsolate. Frail momentary state
Of Earthly bliss, how fleeting, and how vain!
In vain we seek for Happiness on Earth,
’Tis fix’d on high, beyond these changing scenes
Immortal Bliss with full Meridian Light
Forever shines and every smiling ray
Which breaks amid the shades of Mortal’s Life,
Is sent from Heaven to point our upward view,
And guide our wishes to the Seats of Joy.
Thither, my dear Amira, may you rise
In frequent thought, and view the joys of Earth
In their true light, as Blessings only lent
To sweeten Care and cheer the darksom way.
Grateful enjoy, nor mourn their transient date,
While Faith extends her wing and bears your hopes
Sublime, to Joys all permanent and bright,
In the fair Mansions of Eternal Day.
Text: MS, Steele Collection, Angus Library, Regents Park College, STE 3/3/2, p. 35; also STE 3/3/8, p. 3 (transcribed by William Steele); also Nonconformist Women Writers, vol. 2, p. 177.