A Century of Sonnets: The Romantic-Era Revival 1750-1850

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Ne'er shall thy dangerous gifts these brows adorn:
To me more dear than all their rich perfume
The chaste camellia's pure and spotless bloom,
That boasts no fragrance, and conceals no thorn.”—

(1830)


382. 'God of the changeful year!'

God of the changeful year!—amidst the glow
Of strength and beauty and transcendent grace,
Which on the mountain heights, or deep below
In sheltered vales, and each sequestered place,
Thy form of vegetable life assume;
—Whether thy pines, with giant arms displayed,
Brave the cold north, or wrapped in eastern gloom,
Thy trackless forests sweep, a world of shade;—
—Or whether scenting ocean's heaving breast,
Thy odoriferous isles innumerous rise,
Or under various lighter forms impressed,
Of fruits and flowers, Thy works delight our eyes;—
God of all life! Whate'er those forms may be,
O may they all unite in praising Thee!

(1828)


383. On Being Forced to Part with his Library for the Benefit of
his Creditors

As one who destined from his friends to part,
Regrets his loss, yet hopes again ere-while
To share their converse and enjoy their smile,
And tempers, as he may, affliction's dart,
Thus, loved associates! chiefs of elder art!
Teachers of wisdom! who could once beguile
My tedious hours, and lighten every toil,
I now resign you; nor with fainting heart—
For pass a few short years, or days, or hours,
And happier seasons may their dawn unfold,
And all your sacred fellowship restore;
When, freed from earth, unlimited its powers,
Mind shall with mind direct communion hold,
And kindred spirits meet to part no more.

(1841)


Charles Tennyson Turner
(1808–79)

Charles Tennyson Turner, with his brother Alfred, contributed to the volume
Poems by Two Brothers (1827) and went on to have a long literary career that

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