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Poem by Anna Seward


Sonnet 25. Fortunate Vale! exulting Hill! dear Plain!


       PETRARCH to VAUCLUSE.

Fortunate Vale! exulting Hill! dear Plain!
    Where morn, and eve, my soul's fair Idol stray'd,
    While all your winds, that murmur'd thro' the glade,
    Stole her sweet breath; yet, yet your paths retain
Prints of her step, by fount, whose floods remain
    In depth unfathom'd; 'mid the rocks, that shade,
    With cavern'd arch, their sleep.ЧYe streams, that play'd
    Around her limbs in Summer's ardent reign,
The soft resplendence of those azure eyes
    Ting'd ye with living light.ЧThe envied claim
    These blest distinctions give, my lyre, my sighs,
My songs record; and, from their Poet's flame,
    Bid this wild Vale, its Rocks, and Streams arise,
    Associates still of their bright Mistress' fame.

This Sonnet is not a Translation or Paraphrase, but is written in the Character of Petrarch, and in imitation of his manner.



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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