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SONNET [46] XLVI. Written at Penshurst, in Autumn, 1788.

1 YE Tow'rs sublime, deserted now and drear,
2 Ye woods, deep sighing to the hollow blast,
3 The musing wand'rer loves to linger near,
4 While History points to all your glories past:
5 And startling from their haunts the timid deer,
6 To trace the walks obscur'd by matted fern,
7 Which Waller's soothing lyre were wont to hear,
8 But where now clamours the discordant hern!

LINE 8. But where now clamours the discordant hern.

In the park at Penshurst is a heronry. The house is at present uninhabited, and the windows of the galleries and other rooms, in which there are many invaluable pictures, are never opened but when strangers visit it.

9 The spoiling hand of Time may overturn
10 These lofty battlements, and quite deface
11 The fading canvas whence we love to learn
12 Sydney's keen look, and Sacharissa's grace;

LINE 12. Algernon Sydney.

13 But Fame and Beauty still defy decay,
14 Sav'd by th' historic page the poet's tender lay!


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Title (in Source Edition): SONNET [46] XLVI. Written at Penshurst, in Autumn, 1788.
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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. 66. xix,[2],22-126,[2]p.,[5] leaves of plates: ill.; 15 cm. (12mo) (OTA N22357)

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