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Sonnet 09

Robert Southey 1774 (Bristol) – 1843 (London)

Fair is the rising morn when o'er the sky
 The orient sun expands his roseate ray,
And lovely to the Bard's enthusiast eye
 Fades the meek radiance of departing day;
But fairer is the smile of one we love,
 Than all the scenes in Nature's ample sway.
And sweeter than the music of the grove,
 The voice that bids us welcome. Such delight
 EDITH! is mine, escaping to thy sight
From the hard durance of the empty throng.
 Too swiftly then towards the silent night
Ye Hours of happiness! ye speed along,
 Whilst I, from all the World's cold cares apart,
 Pour out the feelings of my burthen'd heart.

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

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Robert Southey

Robert Southey was an English poet of the Romantic school, one of the so-called "Lake Poets", and Poet Laureate for 30 years from 1813 to his death in 1843. more…

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