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Poem by Anna Seward


Sonnet 27. See wither'd Winter, bending low his head


See wither'd Winter, bending low his head;
    His ragged locks stiff with the hoary dew;
    His eyes, like frozen lakes, of livid hue;
    His train, a sable cloud, with murky red
Streak'd.ЧAh! behold his nitrous breathings shed
    Petrific death!ЧLean, wailful Birds pursue,
    On as he sweeps o'er the dun lonely moor,
    Amid the battling blast of all the Winds,
That, while their sleet the climbing Sailor blinds,
    Lash the white surges to the sounding shore.
    So com'st thou, Winter, finally to doom
The sinking year; and with thy ice-dropt sprays,
    Cypress and yew, engarland her pale tomb,
    Her vanish'd hopes, and aye-departed days.



Anna Seward


Anna Seward's other poems:
  1. Sonnet 45. From Possibility's dim chaos sprung
  2. Sonnet 87. Round Cleon's brow the Delphic laurels twine
  3. Sonnet 56. What bashful wildness in those crystal eyes
  4. Sonnet 28. O, Genius! does thy Sun-resembling beam
  5. Sonnet 78. Sophia tempts me to her social walls

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