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Poem by Charlotte Turner Smith


Sonnet 55. The Return of the Nightingale. Written in May, 1791


BORNE on the warm wing of the western gale,
How tremulously low is heard to float,
Thro' the green budding thorns that fringe the vale,
The early Nightingale's prelusive note.
'Tis Hope's instinctive pow'r that, thro' the grove,
Tells how benignant Heav'n revives the earth;
'Tis the soft voice of young and timid love
That calls these melting sounds of sweetness forth.
With transport, once, sweet bird! I hail'd thy lay,
And bade thee welome to our shades again,
To charm the wand'ring poet's pensive way,
And soothe the solitary lover's pain;
But now!Чsuch evils in my lot combine,
As shut my languid sense, to Hope's dear voice and thine.



Charlotte Turner Smith


Charlotte Turner Smith's other poems:
  1. Sonnet 32. To Melancholy. Written on the Banks of the Arun, October, 1785
  2. Sonnet 26. To the River Arun
  3. Sonnet 15. From Petrarch (WHERE the green leaves exclude the summer beam)
  4. Sonnet 35. To Fortitude
  5. Sonnet 10. To Mrs. G***


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