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Poem by Anna Seward


Sonnet 73. He who a tender long-lov'd Wife survives


           TRANSLATION.

He who a tender long-lov'd Wife survives,
    Sees himself sunder'd from the only mind
    Whose hopes, and fears, and interests, were combin'd,
    And blended with his own.No more she lives!
No more, alas! her death-numb'd ear receives
    His thoughts, that trace the Past, or anxious wind
    The Future's darkling maze!His wish refin'd,
    The wish to please, exists no more, that gives
The will its energy, the nerves their tone!
    He feels the texture of his quiet torn,
    And stopt the settled course that Action drew;
Life stands suspendedmotionlesstill thrown
    By outward causes, into channels new;
    But, in the dread suspense, how sinks the Soul forlorn!



Anna Seward


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

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