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Short poem

William Lisle Bowles (1762-1850)


              1Evening! as slow thy placid shades descend,
              2    Veiling with gentlest hush the landscape still,
              3    The lonely battlement, the farthest hill
              4And wood, I think of those who have no friend;
              5Who now, perhaps, by melancholy led,
              6    From the broad blaze of day, where pleasure flaunts,
              7    Retiring, wander to the ring-dove's haunts
              8Unseen; and watch the tints that o'er thy bed
              9Hang lovely; oft to musing Fancy's eye
            10    Presenting fairy vales, where the tir'd mind
            11    Might rest beyond the murmurs of mankind,
            12Nor hear the hourly moans of misery!
            13Alas for man! that Hope's fair views the while
            14Should smile like you, and perish as they smile!

Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: William Lisle Bowles, Sonnets, written chiefly on picturesque spots during a tour, 2nd edn. (Bath: R. Cruttwell, 1789). D-10 2523 Fisher Rare Book Library
First publication date: 1789
RPO poem editor: J. D. Robins
RP edition: 2RP.2.18; RPO 1996-2000.
Recent editing: 2:2002/1/16

Form: sonnet
Rhyme: abbacddceffegg

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