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Poem by Charlotte Turner Smith

Sonnet Written at Penshurst in Autumn, 1788

YE towers sublime, deserted now and drear,
Ye woods deep sighing to the hollow blast,
The musing wanderer loves to linger near,
While history points to all your glories past;
And, startling from their haunts the timid deer,
To trace the walks obscured by matted fern
Which Wallers soothing lyre were wont to hear,
But where now clamors the discordant hern!
The spoiling hand of time may overturn
These lofty battlements, and quite deface
The fading canvas whence we love to learn
Sidneys keen look and Sacharissas grace;
But fame and beauty still defy decay,
Saved by the historic page, the poets tender lay!

Charlotte Turner Smith

Poem Theme: Penshurst (England)

Charlotte Turner Smith's other poems:
  1. Sonnet Written in the Churchyard at Middleton in Sussex
  2. Sonnet 26. To the River Arun
  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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