“Illustration of Plate” (“My heart would be at ease, if my solitude were blest with your society”) by Frances Sargent Osgood

by Ann Neilson

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Photo of a plate from Frances Sargent Osgood’s Poetry of Flowers and Flowers of Poetry. This plate accompanies Osgood’s poem, “Illustration of Plate.” Engraver is unknown. From the Literary Maiden’s collection.

ILLUSTRATION OF PLATE.
Pansies.Broom. 
My heart would be at ease, if my solitude were blest with your society

If thou wert here, my fairy-queen.
With all thy graces, wiles, and spells,
How soon would show this sylvan scene,
What magic in thy presence dwells!

The crests of foam the wavelets wear,
Would change to crowns of living pearl;
And balm would be the ambient air
And radiant joy the sun, my girl!

F. S. O.