PRAYER FOR INDIFFERENCE
by: Fanny Greville
no kind return of love,
- No tempting charm to please;
- Far from the heart those gifts remove,
- That sighs for peace and ease.
- Nor peace nor ease the heart can know,
- That, like the needle true,
- Turns at the touch of joy or woe,
- But, turning, trembles too.
- Far as distress the soul can wound,
- 'Tis pain in each degree:
- 'Tis bliss but to a certain bound,
- Beyond is agony.
POEMS BY FANNY GREVILLE
"Prayer for Indifference"
is reprinted from The Oxford Book of English Verse, 1250-1918.
Ed. Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1921.