To Sarah Drennan, with a Ring by William Drennan

Emblem of happiness, not bought, nor sold,
Accept this modest RING of virgin gold.
Love, in the small but perfect circle, trace,
And duty in its soft, tho’ strict embrace.
Plain, precious, pure, as best becomes the wife;
Yet firm to bear the frequent rubs of life.
Connubial life disdains a fragile toy,
Which rust can tarnish, or a touch destroy,
Nor much admires, what courts the gen’ral gaze,
The dazzling diamond’s meretricious blaze,
That hides, with glare, the anguish of a heart
By nature hard, tho’ polish’d bright—by art.
More to my taste, the ornament that shows
Domestic bliss, and, without glaring, glows.
Whose gentle pressure serves to keep the mind
To all correct, to one discreetly kind.
Of simple elegance, th’ unconscious charm—
The holy amulet to keep from harm;
To guard at once and consecrate the shrine,
Take this dear pledge, it makes, and keeps thee—MINE.

From: Drennan, William and Drennan, John Swanwick, Glendalloch, and Other Poems, by the Late Dr. Drennan, Second Edition, with Additional Verses by his Sons, 1859, William Robertson: Dublin, pp. 56-57.

Date: 1815

By: William Drennan (1754-1820)

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