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ELEGIAC SONNET: 87. WRITTEN IN OCTOBER, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: The blasts of autumn as they scatter round
Last Line: For never more to me the spring of hope returns!
Alternate Author Name(s): Smith, Charlotte Turner
Subject(s): Spring

The blasts of Autumn as they scatter round
The faded foliage of another year,
And muttering many a sad and solemn sound,
Drive the pale fragments o'er the stubble sere,
Are well attuned to my dejected mood;
(Ah! better far than airs that breathe of Spring!)
While the high rooks, that hoarsely clamouring
Seek in black phalanx the half-leafless wood,
I rather hear, than that enraptured lay
Harmonious, and of Love and Pleasure born,
Which from the golden furze, or flowering thorn
Awakes the Shepherd in the ides of May;
Nature delights me most when most she mourns,
For never more to me the Spring of Hope returns!

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