by: Richard Jago (1715-1781)
- ITH leaden
foot Time creeps along
- While Delia is away:
- With her, nor plaintive was the song,
- Nor tedious was the day.
- Ah, envious Pow'r! reverse my doom;
- Now double thy career,
- Strain ev'ry nerve, stretch ev'ry plume,
- And rest them when she's here!
POEMS BY RICHARD JAGO
"Absence" is reprinted
from The Oxford book of English Verse. Ed. Arthur Thomas
Quiller-Couch. Oxford: Clarendon, 1919.