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Poem by Charlotte Turner Smith


Sonnet 42. Composed During a Walk


The dark and pillowy cloud, the sallow trees,
  Seem o'er the ruins of the year to mourn;
And, cold and hollow, the inconstant breeze
  Sobs thro' the falling leaves and wither'd fern.
  O'er the tall brow of yonder chalky bourn,
The evening shades their gather'd darkness fling,
  While, by the lingering light, I scarce discern
The shrieking night-jar sail on heavy wing.
  Ah! yet a littleand propitious Spring
Crown'd with fresh flowers shall wake the woodland strain;
  But no gay change revolving seasons bring
To call forth pleasure from the soul of pain;
Bid Syren Hope resume her long-lost part,
And chase the vulture Carethat feeds upon the heart.



Charlotte Turner Smith


Charlotte Turner Smith's other poems:
  1. Sonnet Written in the Churchyard at Middleton in Sussex
  2. Sonnet 32. To Melancholy. Written on the Banks of the Arun, October, 1785
  3. Sonnet 26. To the River Arun
  4. Sonnet 55. The Return of the Nightingale. Written in May, 1791
  5. Sonnet 15. From Petrarch (WHERE the green leaves exclude the summer beam)


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