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Poem by Charlotte Turner Smith


Sonnet 26. To the River Arun


ON thy wild banks, by frequent torrents worn,
No glittering fanes, or marble domes appear,
Yet shall the mournful muse thy course adorn,
And still to her thy rustic waves be dear.
For with the infant Otway, lingering here, [ 5]
Of early woes she bade her vot'ry dream,
While thy low murmurs sooth'd his pensive ear,
And still the poetconsecrates the stream.
Beneath the oak and birch, that fringe thy side,
The firstborn violets of the year shall spring,
And in thy hazles, bending o'er the tide,
The earliest nightingale delight to sing:
While kindred spirits, pitying, shall relate
Thy Otway's sorrows, and lament his fate!



Charlotte Turner Smith

Poem Themes: Rivers, Rivers of England

Charlotte Turner Smith's other poems:
  1. Sonnet Written in the Churchyard at Middleton in Sussex
  2. Sonnet Written at Penshurst in Autumn, 1788
  3. Sonnet 55. The Return of the Nightingale. Written in May, 1791
  4. Sonnet 32. To Melancholy. Written on the Banks of the Arun, October, 1785
  5. Sonnet 15. From Petrarch (WHERE the green leaves exclude the summer beam)


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