Anna Seward ( )

Sonnet 7. By Derwent's rapid stream as oft I stray'd

By Derwent's rapid stream as oft I stray'd,
With Infancy's light step and glances wild,
And saw vast rocks, on steepy mountains pil'd,
Frown o'er th' umbrageous glen; or pleas'd survey'd
The cloudy moonshine in the shadowy glade,
Romantic Nature to th' enthusiast Child
Grew dearer far than when serene she smil'd,
In uncontrasted loveliness array'd.
But O! in every Scene, with sacred sway,
Her graces fire me; from the bloom that spreads
Resplendent in the lucid morn of May,
To the green light the little Glow-worm sheds
On mossy banks, when midnight glooms prevail,
And softest Silence broods o'er all the dale.

Anna Seward's other poems:
  1. Sonnet 86. Pride of Ierne's Sea-encircled bound
  2. Sonnet 13. Thou child of Night, and Silence, balmy Sleep
  3. Sonnet 25. Fortunate Vale! exulting Hill! dear Plain!
  4. Sonnet 60. Why view'st thou, Edwy, with disdainful mien
  5. Sonnet 49. While with false pride, and narrow jealousy

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