John Stafford Smith
(1750 - 1836)

Smith : O you, whom vanity's light bark conveys : illustration

O you, whom vanity's light bark conveys
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Pub. 1781.
Lyrics: Alexander Pope

O You, whom vanity's light bark conveys
On Fame's mad voyage, by the wind of praise;
With what a shifting gale your course you ply,
For ever sunk too low, or borne too high!
Who pants for glory finds but short repose,
A breath revives him, or a breath o'erthrows.