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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
 
I. Rising Early to Read, on a Winter’s Morning
By Anna Seward (1747–1809)
 
I LOVE 1 to rise ere gleams the tardy light
  (Winter’s pale dawn); and as warm fires illume,
  And cheerful tapers shine around the room,
  Through misty windows bend my musing sight,
Where, round the dusky lawn, the mansions white        5
  With shutters closed, peer faintly through the gloom
  That slow recedes; while yon gray spires assume,
  Rising from their dark pile, an added height
By indistinctness given: then to decree
  The grateful thoughts to God, ere they unfold        10
  To friendship or the Muse, or seek with glee
Wisdom’s rich page. O hours more worth than gold,
  By whose blest use we lengthen life, and, free
  From drear decays of age, outlive the old.
 
Note 1. “The Poetical Works of Anna Seward, edited by Walter Scott, Esq. Edinburgh, 1810.” [back]
 
 
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