Ode to Pity

Ode to Pity

Be honest, what is not to like about the poetry that Jane Austen wrote? In the poem Ode to Pity, the subconcious plays an important role. She wrote this poem when she was only sixteen years old.

About the poem

At the time Austen wrote this poem, she was a professional writer for two years. Yes, she started out her professional career when she was only fourteen years old. The poem contains a reference to Philomel, the Princess of Athens. She played a minor role in Greek Mythology. It’s certainly amazing that someone of such a young age was able to write a poem like this. But, it reminds us that poetry is ageless. There is no minimum age to write good poetry. We see this all the time; beautiful poems written by people of various ages.

Ode to Pity

By Jane Austen

Ode to Pity


Ever musing I delight to tread
The Paths of honour and the Myrtle Grove
Whilst the pale Moon her beams doth shed
On disappointed Love.
While Philomel on airy hawthorn Bush
Sings sweet and Melancholy, And the thrush
Converses with the Dove.


Gently brawling down the turnpike road,
Sweetly noisy falls the Silent Stream–
The Moon emerges from behind a Cloud
And darts upon the Myrtle Grove her beam.
Ah! then what Lovely Scenes appear,
The hut, the Cot, the Grot, and Chapel queer,
And eke the Abbey too a mouldering heap,
Cnceal’d by aged pines her head doth rear
And quite invisible doth take a peep.

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