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Poem by Charlotte Turner Smith


Sonnet 35. To Fortitude


NYMPH of the rock! whose dauntless spirit braves
The beating storm, and bitter winds that howl
Round thy cold breast; and hear'st the bursting waves
And the deep thunder with unshaken soul;
Oh come!--and show how vain the cares that press
On my weak bosom--and how little worth
Is the false fleeting meteor, Happiness,
That still misleads the wanderers of the earth!
Strengthen'd by thee, this heart shall cease to melt
O'er ills that poor humanity must bear;
Nor friends estranged, or ties dissolved be felt
To leave regret, and fruitless anguish there:
And when at length it heaves its latest sigh,
Thou and mild Hope shall teach me how to die. 



Charlotte Turner Smith


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


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