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ELEGIAC SONNET: 66. WRITTEN IN A TEMPESTUOUS NIGHT, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: The night-flood rakes upon the stony shore
Last Line: And shuns the eyes, that only wake to weep!
Alternate Author Name(s): Smith, Charlotte Turner
Subject(s): Storms


The night-flood rakes upon the stony shore;
Along the rugged cliffs and chalky caves
Mourns the hoarse Ocean, seeming to deplore
All that are buried in his restless waves[.] --
Mined by corrosive tides, the hollow rock
Falls prone, and rushing from its turfy height,
Shakes the broad beach with long-resounding shock,
Loud thundering on the ear of sullen Night;
Above the desolate and stormy deep,
Gleams the wan Moon, by floating mist opprest;
Yet here while youth, and health, and labour sleep,
Alone I wander[.] -- Calm untroubled rest,
"Nature's soft nurse," deserts the sigh-swoln breast,
And shuns the eyes, that only wake to weep!





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