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Poem by Charlotte Turner Smith


Sonnet Written in the Churchyard at Middleton in Sussex


PRESSED by the Moon, mute arbitress of tides,
While the loud equinox its power combines,
The sea no more its swelling surge confines,
But oТer the shrinking land sublimely rides.
The wild blast, rising from the western cave,
Drives the huge billows from their heaving bed;
Tears from their grassy tombs the village dead,
And breaks the silent sabbath of the grave!
With shells and sea-weed mingled, on the shore,
Lo! their bones whiten in the frequent wave;
But vain to them the winds and waters rave;
They hear the warring elements no more:
While I am doomed, by lifeТs long storm oppressed,
To gaze with envy on their gloomy rest.



Charlotte Turner Smith


Charlotte Turner Smith's other poems:
  1. Sonnet Written at Penshurst in Autumn, 1788
  2. Sonnet 63. The Gossamer
  3. Sonnet 45. On Leaving a Part of Sussex
  4. Sonnet 35. To Fortitude
  5. Sonnet 34. Charm'd by Thy Suffrage


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