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Poem by Anna Seward


Sonnet 87. Round Cleon's brow the Delphic laurels twine


  TO A YOUNG LADY, ADDRESSED 
  BY A GENTLEMAN CELEBRATED FOR HIS POETIC TALENTS.

Round Cleon's brow the Delphic laurels twine,
    And lo! the laurel decks Amanda's breast!
    Charm'd shall he mark its glossy branches shine
    On that contrasting snow; shall see express'd
Love's better omens, in the green hues dress'd
    Of this selected foliage.ЧNymph, 't is thine
    The warning story on its leaves to find,
    Proud Daphne's fate, imprison'd in its rind,
And with its umbrage veil'd, great Phœbus' power
    Scorning, and bent, with feet of wind, to foil
    His swift pursuit, till on Thessalian shore
Shot into boughs, and rooted to the soil.Ч
    Thus warn'd, fair Maid, Apollo's ire to shun,
    Soon may his Spray's and Votary's lot be one.



Anna Seward


Anna Seward's other poems:
  1. Sonnet 56. What bashful wildness in those crystal eyes
  2. Sonnet 45. From Possibility's dim chaos sprung
  3. Sonnet 80. As lightens the brown Hill to vivid green
  4. Sonnet 15. The evening shines in May's luxuriant pride
  5. Sonnet 28. O, Genius! does thy Sun-resembling beam

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