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SONNET [30] XXX. To the River Arun.

1 BE the proud Thames, of trade the busy mart!
2 Arun! to thee will other praise belong;
3 Dear to the lover's and the mourner's heart,
4 And ever sacred to the Sons of Song!
5 Thy banks romantic, hopeless Love shall seek,
6 Where o'er the rocks the mantling bindwith

LINE 6. Bindwith.

The plant Clematis, Bindwith, Virgin's Bower, or Traveller's Joy, which towards the end of June begins to cover the hedges and sides of rocky holows, with its beautiful foliage, and flowers of a yellowish white of an agreeable fragrance; these are succeeded by seed pods, that bear some resemblance to feathers or hair, whence it is sometimes called Old Man's Beard.

7 And Sorrow's drooping form and faded cheek,
8 Choose on thy willow'd shore her lonely haunts!
9 Banks! which inspir'd thy Otway's plaintive strain!


Banks! which inspir'd thy Otway's plaintive strain!
Wilds! whose lorn echoes learn'd the deeper tone
Of Collins' powerful shell!

Collins, as well as Otway, was a native of this country, and probably at some period of his life an inhabitant of this neighborhood, since in his beautiful Ode on the death of Colonel Ross, he says:

The Muse shall still, with social aid,
Her gentlest promise keep,
E'en humble Harting's cottag'd vale
Shall learn the sad repeated tale,
And bid her shepherds weep.

And in the Ode to Pity:

Wild Arun too has heard thy strains,
And Echo, midst my native plains,
Been sooth'd with Pity's lute.
10 Wilds! whose lorn echoes learn'd the deeper tone
11 Of Collins' pow'rful shell! yet once again
12 Another poet Hayley, is thine own!
13 Thy classic stream anew shall hear a lay,
14 Bright as its waves, and various as its way!


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Title (in Source Edition): SONNET [30] XXX. To the River Arun.
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Smith, Charlotte Turner, 1749-1806. Elegiac sonnets, and other poems. By Charlotte Smith. The first Worcester edition, from the sixth London edition, with additions. Printed at Worcester [Mass.]: by Isaiah Thomas, sold by him in Worcester, and by said Thomas and Andrews in Boston, 1795, p. 50. xix,[2],22-126,[2]p.,[5] leaves of plates: ill.; 15 cm. (12mo) (OTA N22357)

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