| ||Elegiac sonnets. Volume 2 of 2|
|WRITTEN ON PASSING BY MOON-LIGHT THROUGH|
A VILLAGE, WHILE THE GROUND WAS
COVERED WITH SNOW.
|[Note:] SONNET LXII.|
First published in the same work.
WHILE thus I wander, cheerless and unblest,
And find in change of place but change of pain;
In tranquil sleep the village labourers rest,
And taste that quiet I pursue in vain!
Hush'd is the hamlet now, and faintly gleam
The dying embers, from the casement low
Of the thatch'd cottage; while the Moon's wan beam
Lends a new lustre to the dazzling snow —
o'er the cold waste, amid the freezing night,
Scarce heeding whither, desolate I stray;
For me, pale Eye of Evening, thy soft light
Leads to no happy home; my weary way
Ends but in sad vicissitudes of care:
I only fly from doubt — to meet despair!