1807 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Charlotte Smith

K. L., "Sonnet on the Death of Mrs. Charlotte Smith" The Monthly Magazine 23 (February 1807) 60.



Charlotte, thy gloomy scene of life is o'er!
At length thy care-worn frame has found repose;
And thy meek spirit, freed from all its woes,
No longer by life's boist'rous tempests driv'n,
Seeks brighter scenes — and, here confin'd no more,
Borne on the wings of Faith, ascends to Heav'n.
And can we mourn the fate that snatch'd thee hence?
And can we grieve that thou no more art here?
No! pious Hope shall check Affection's tear,
And, upward-pointing to the realms of light,
Shall bid us praise that glorious Providence,
Whose mercy, ever-during, ever-bright,
Clos'd all thy soul to realms of endless peace.
Bury St. Edmunds.