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ELEGIAC SONNET: 86. WRITTEN NEAR A PORT ON A DARK EVENING, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Huge vapors brood above the clifted shore
Last Line: That wavering reason lends, in life's long darkling way.
Alternate Author Name(s): Smith, Charlotte Turner
Variant Title(s): Written Near A Port On A Dark Evening


Huge vapours brood above the clifted shore,
Night on the Ocean settles, dark and mute,
Save where is heard the repercussive roar
Of drowsy billows, on the rugged foot
Of rocks remote; or still more distant tone
Of seamen in the anchor'd bark that tell
The watch reliev'd; or one deep voice alone
Singing the hour, and bidding "Strike the bell."
All is black shadow, but the lucid line
Mark'd by the light surf on the level sand,
Or where afar the ship-lights faintly shine
Like wandering fairy fires, that oft on land
Mislead the Pilgrim[.] -- Such the dubious ray
That wavering Reason lends, in life's long darkling way.





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