| ||Elegiac sonnets. Volume 2 of 2|
|WRITTEN IN A TEMPESTUOUS NIGHT, ON THE|
COAST OF SUSSEX.
|[Note:] SONNET LXVI.|
Written on the coast of Sussex during very tempestuous weather in December 1791, but first published in the Novel of Montalbert.
THE night-flood rakes upon the stony shore;
Along the rugged cliffs and chalky caves
Mourns the hoarse Ocean, seeming to deplore
All that are buried in his restless waves —
Mined by corrosive tides, the hollow rock
Falls prone, and rushing from its turfy height,
Shakes the broad beach with long-resounding shock,
Loud thundering on the ear of sullen Night;
Above the desolate and stormy deep,
Gleams the wan Moon, by floating mist opprest;
Yet here while youth, and health, and labour sleep,
Alone I wander — Calm untroubled rest,
"Nature's soft nurse," deserts the sigh-swoln breast,
And shuns the eyes, that only wake to weep!