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Poem by Anna Seward


Sonnet 46. Dark as the silent stream beneath the night


Dark as the silent stream beneath the night,
Thy funeral glides to Life's eternal home,
Child of its narrow house!how late the bloom,
The facile smile, the soft eye's crystal light,
Each grace of Youth's gay morn, that charms our sight,
Play'd o'er that Form!now sunk in Death's cold gloom,
Insensate! ghastly!for the yawning tomb,
Alas! fit Inmate.Thus we mourn the blight
Of Virgin-Beauty, and endowments rare
In their glad hours of promise.O! when Age
Drops, like the o'er-blown, faded rose, tho' dear
Its long known worth, no stormy sorrows rage;
But swell when we behold, unsoil'd by time,
Youth's broken Lily perished in its prime.



Anna Seward


Anna Seward's other poems:
  1. Sonnet 87. Round Cleon's brow the Delphic laurels twine
  2. Sonnet 56. What bashful wildness in those crystal eyes
  3. Sonnet 45. From Possibility's dim chaos sprung
  4. Sonnet 80. As lightens the brown Hill to vivid green
  5. Sonnet 15. The evening shines in May's luxuriant pride


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