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ELEGIAC SONNET: 83. THE SEA VIEW, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: The upland shepherd, as reclined he lies
Last Line: Ah! Thus man spoils heaven's glorious works with blood!
Alternate Author Name(s): Smith, Charlotte Turner
Subject(s): Sea Battles; Naval Warfare

The upland Shepherd, as reclined he lies
On the soft turf that clothes the mountain brow,
Marks the bright Sea-line mingling with the skies;
Or from his course celestial, sinking slow,
The Summer-Sun in purple radiance low,
Blaze on the western waters; the wide scene
Magnificent, and tranquil, seems to spread
Even o'er the Rustic's breast a joy serene,
When, like dark plague-spots by the Demons shed,
Charged deep with death, upon the waves, far seen,
Move the war-freighted ships; and fierce and red,
Flash their destructive fire [.] -- The mangled dead
And dying victims then pollute the flood.
Ah! thus man spoils Heaven's glorious works with blood!

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