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1 BEHOLD the gloomy tyrant's awful form
2 Binding the captive earth in icy chains;
3 His chilling breath sweeps o'er the wat'ry plains,
4 Howls in the blast, and swells the rising storm.
5 See from its centre bends the rifted tower,
6 Threat'ning the lowly vale with frowning pride,
7 O'er the scar'd flocks that seek its shelt'ring side,
8 A fearful ruin o'er their heads to pour.
9 While to the cheerful hearth and social board
10 Content and ease repair, the sons of want
11 Receive from niggard fate their pittance scant;
12 And where some shed bleak covert may afford,
13 Wan poverty, amidst her meagre host,
14 Casts round her haggard eyes, and shivers at the frost.


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Title (in Source Edition): WINTER, A SONNET.
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Hunter, Anne Home (Mrs. John), 1742-1821. Poems, by Mrs. John Hunter. London: Printed for T. Payne, Mews Gate, by T. Bensley, Bolt Court, Fleet Street, 1802, p. 65.  (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian Library [280 e.4058].)

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