Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, ELEGIAC SONNET: 69. WRITTEN AT EXMOUTH, ON SEEING A SEAMAN, by CHARLOTTE SMITH



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ELEGIAC SONNET: 69. WRITTEN AT EXMOUTH, ON SEEING A SEAMAN, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Clouds, gold and purple, o'er the westering ray
Last Line: Tho' poor and plunder'd, he absolves his fate!
Alternate Author Name(s): Smith, Charlotte Turner
Subject(s): Sailing & Sailors


WHO HAD BEEN IMPRISONED AT ROCHFORT

Clouds, gold and purple, o'er the westering ray
Threw a bright veil, and catching lights between,
Fell on the glancing sail, that we had seen
With soft, but adverse winds, throughout the day
Contending vainly: as the vessel nears,
Encreasing numbers hail it from the shore;
Lo! on the deck a pallid form appears,
Half wondering to behold himself once more
Approach his home[.] -- And now he can discern
His cottage thatch amid surrounding trees;
Yet, trembling, dreads lest sorrow or disease
Await him there, embittering his return:
But all he loves are safe; with heart elate,
Tho' poor and plunder'd, he absolves his fate!





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