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Poem by Anna Seward


Sonnet 42. Lo! the Year's final Day!Nature performs


Lo! the Year's final Day!Nature performs
    Its obsequies with darkness, wind, and rain;
    But Man is jocund.Hark! th' exultant strain
    From towers and steeples drowns the wintry storms!
No village spire but to the cots and farms,
    Right merrily, its scant and tuneless peal
    Rings round!Ah! joy ungrateful!mirth insane!
    Wherefore the senseless triumph, ye, who feel
This annual portion of brief Life the while
    Depart for ever?Brought it no dear hours
    Of health and night-rest?none that saw the smile
On lips belov'd?O! with as gentle powers
    Will the next pass?Ye pause!yet careless hear
    Strike these last Clocks, that knell th' expiring Year!

Dec. 31st, 1782

Anna Seward


Anna Seward's other poems:
  1. Sonnet 25. Fortunate Vale! exulting Hill! dear Plain!
  2. Sonnet 15. The evening shines in May's luxuriant pride
  3. Sonnet 30. That song again!its sounds my bosom thrill
  4. Sonnet 45. From Possibility's dim chaos sprung
  5. Sonnet 78. Sophia tempts me to her social walls

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