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Poem by William Lisle Bowles


Sonnet 6. Evening


Evening! as slow thy placid shades descend,
      Veiling with gentlest hush the landscape still,
      The lonely battlement, the farthest hill
And wood, I think of those who have no friend;
Who now, perhaps, by melancholy led,
      From the broad blaze of day, where pleasure flaunts,
      Retiring, wander to the ring-doves haunts
Unseen; and watch the tints that oer thy bed
Hang lovely; oft to musing Fancys eye
      Presenting fairy vales, where the tird mind
      Might rest beyond the murmurs of mankind,
Nor hear the hourly moans of misery!
Alas for man! that Hopes fair views the while
Should smile like you, and perish as they smile!



William Lisle Bowles

Poem Theme: Evening

William Lisle Bowles's other poems:
  1. Banwell Hill
  2. The Bridge between Clifton and Leigh Woods
  3. Elegy Written at the Hot-Wells, Bristol
  4. Fonthill Abbey
  5. To the River Wainsbeck


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