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Poem by Anna Seward


Sonnet 83. Here, from laborious Art, proud Towns, ye rose!


  ON CATANIA AND SYRACUSE
  SWALLOWED UP BY EARTHQUAKE.

  FROM THE ITALIAN OF FILACAJA.

Here, from laborious Art, proud Towns, ye rose!
    Here, in an instant, sunk!nor ought remains
    Of all ye were!on the wide, lonely plains
    Not e'en a stone, that might these words disclose,
Here stood Catania;or whose surface shows
    That this was Syracuse:but louring reigns
    A trackless DESOLATION.Dim Domains!
    Pale, mournful Strand! how oft, with anxious throes,
Seek I sad relics, which no spot supplies!
    A Silencea fix'd Horror sears my soul,
    Arrests my foot!Dread Doom of human crimes,
What art thou?Ye o'erwhelmed Cities, rise!
    That your terrific skeletons may scowl
    Portentous warning to succeeding Times!



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 78. Sophia tempts me to her social walls
  5. Sonnet 99. Remorseless Winter! in thy iron reign


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