Charlotte Smith

(4 May 1749 – 28 October 1806 / London)

Charlotte Smith Poems

41. Sonnet Lxii 4/15/2010
42. Sonnet Lxiii: The Gossamer 1/3/2003
43. Sonnet Lxiv 4/15/2010
44. Sonnet Lxix 4/15/2010
45. Sonnet Lxv. To Dr. Parry Of Bath 4/15/2010
46. Sonnet Lxvi: The Night-Flood Rakes 1/3/2003
47. Sonnet Lxvii: On Passing Over A Dreary Tract 1/3/2003
48. Sonnet Lxviii. 4/15/2010
49. Sonnet Lxx: On Being Cautioned Against Walking On An Headland Overlooking The Sea, Because It Was Frequented By A Lunatic 1/3/2003
50. Sonnet Lxxi. 4/15/2010
51. Sonnet Lxxii. To The Morning Star 4/15/2010
52. Sonnet Lxxiii. To A Querulous Acquaintance 4/15/2010
53. Sonnet Lxxiv. The Winter Night 4/15/2010
54. Sonnet Lxxix. To The Goddess Of Botany 4/15/2010
55. Sonnet Lxxv. 4/15/2010
56. Sonnet Lxxvi. To A Young Man Entering The World 4/15/2010
57. Sonnet Lxxvii. To The Insect Of The Gossamer 4/15/2010
58. Sonnet Lxxviii. Snowdrops 4/15/2010
59. Sonnet Lxxx. To The Invisible Moon 4/15/2010
60. Sonnet Lxxxi. 4/15/2010
61. Sonnet Lxxxii. To The Shade Of Burns 4/15/2010
62. Sonnet Lxxxiii. The Sea View 4/15/2010
63. Sonnet V. To The South Downs 4/15/2010
64. Sonnet Vi. To Hope 4/15/2010
65. Sonnet Vii: Sweet Poet Of The Woods 4/15/2010
66. Sonnet Viii. To Spring 4/15/2010
67. Sonnet X. To Mrs. G 4/15/2010
68. Sonnet Xi. To Sleep 4/15/2010
69. Sonnet Xix. To Mr. Haley, 4/15/2010
70. Sonnet Xl. From The Same. 4/15/2010
71. Sonnet Xli. To Tranquility 4/15/2010
72. Sonnet Xlii: Composed During A Walk 1/3/2003
73. Sonnet Xliii: The Unhappy Exile 1/3/2003
74. Sonnet Xliv: Press'D By The Moon 1/3/2003
75. Sonnet Xlix. From The Novel Of Celestina 4/15/2010
76. Sonnet Xlv. On Leaving A Part Of Sussex 4/15/2010
77. Sonnet Xlvi. 4/15/2010
78. Sonnet Xlvii: To Fancy 1/3/2003
79. Sonnet Xlviii. To Mrs. **** 4/15/2010
80. Sonnet Xv. From Petrarch 4/15/2010
Best Poem of Charlotte Smith

Beachy Head

ON thy stupendous summit, rock sublime !
That o'er the channel rear'd, half way at sea
The mariner at early morning hails,
I would recline; while Fancy should go forth,
And represent the strange and awful hour
Of vast concussion; when the Omnipotent
Stretch'd forth his arm, and rent the solid hills,
Bidding the impetuous main flood rush between

The rifted shores, and from the continent
Eternally divided this green isle.
Imperial lord of the high southern coast !
From thy projecting head-land I would mark
Far in the east the shades of night ...

Read the full of Beachy Head

The Emigrants: Book Ii

Scene, on an Eminence on one of those Downs, which afford to the South a view of the Sea; to the North of the Weald of Sussex. Time, an Afternoon in April, 1793.


Long wintry months are past; the Moon that now
Lights her pale crescent even at noon, has made
Four times her revolution; since with step,
Mournful and slow, along the wave-worn cliff,
Pensive I took my solitary way,
Lost in despondence, while contemplating

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