Collected Poems of Henry Derozio: Preface by Manu Samriti Chander; Edited by Amardeep Singh


Sweet madness!-—when the youthful brain is seized 
With that delicious phrenzy which it loves, 
It raving reels, to very rapture pleased,—- 
And then through all creation wildly roves: 
Now in the deep recesses of the sea, 
And now to highest Himalay it mounts; 
Now by the fragrant shores of Araby, 
Or classic Greece, or sweet Italia's founts, 
Or through her wilderness of ruins;—now 
Gazing on beauty's lip, or valour's brow; 
Or rivalling the nightingale and dove 
In pouring fourth its melody of love; 
Or giving to the gale, in strains of fire, 
Immortal harpings—like a seraph's lyre. 

February, 1827.

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