Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, ELEGIAC SONNET: 92. WRITTEN AT BIGNOR PARK, SUSSEX, by CHARLOTTE SMITH



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ELEGIAC SONNET: 92. WRITTEN AT BIGNOR PARK, SUSSEX, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Low murmurs creep along the woody vale
Last Line: Return those rosy hours which here I used to see!
Alternate Author Name(s): Smith, Charlotte Turner
Subject(s): Disappointment; Home


Low murmurs creep along the woody vale,
The tremulous Aspens shudder in the breeze,
Slow o'er the downs the leaden vapours sail,
While I, beneath these old paternal trees,
Mark the dark shadows of the threaten'd storm,
As gathering clouds o'erveil the morning sun;
They pass! -- But oh! ye visions bright and warm
With which even here my sanguine youth begun,
Ye are obscured for ever! -- And too late
The poor Slave shakes the unworthy bonds away
Which crush'd her! -- Lo! the radiant star of day
Lights up this lovely scene anew[.] -- My fate
Nor hope nor joy illumines -- Nor for me
Return those rosy hours which here I used to see!





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