The Culprit Fay and Other Poems

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Author: Joseph Rodman Drake

Written in a Lady’s Album.

GRANT me, I cried, some spell of art,
To turn with all a lover’s care,
That spotless page, my Eva’s heart,
And write my burning wishes there.

But Love, by faithless Laia taught
How frail is woman’s holiest vow,
Look’d down, while grace attempered thought
Sate serious on his baby brow.

"Go! blot her album," cried the sage,
"There none but bards a place may claim;
But woman’s heart’s a worthless page,
Where every fool may write his name."

Until by time or fate decayed,
That line and leaf shall never part;
Ah! who can tell how soon shall fade
The lines of love from woman’s heart.

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Chicago: Joseph Rodman Drake, "Written in a Lady’s Album.," The Culprit Fay and Other Poems in The Culprit Fay and Other Poems (New York: George E. Wood, 1850), Original Sources, accessed September 23, 2018, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=CNB8ZSQ5F55FUBM.

MLA: Drake, Joseph Rodman. "Written in a Lady’s Album." The Culprit Fay and Other Poems, in The Culprit Fay and Other Poems, New York, George E. Wood, 1850, Original Sources. 23 Sep. 2018. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=CNB8ZSQ5F55FUBM.

Harvard: Drake, JR, 'Written in a Lady’s Album.' in The Culprit Fay and Other Poems. cited in 1850, The Culprit Fay and Other Poems, George E. Wood, New York. Original Sources, retrieved 23 September 2018, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=CNB8ZSQ5F55FUBM.