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Contents Page: vii Foreword Page: xiii Introduction Page: xix Elegiac Sonnets and Other Poems Page: 1 To William Hayley, Esq Page: 2 Preface to the first and second editions Page: 3 Preface to the third and fourth editions Page: 3 Preface to the fifth edition Page: 4 Preface to the sixth edition Page: 4 Preface to the second edition of Volume II Page: 6 I. Page: 13 II. Written at the close of spring Page: 13 III. To a nightingale Page: 14 IV. To the moon Page: 15 V. To the South Downs Page: 15 VI. To hope Page: 16 VII. On the departure of the nightingale Page: 17 VIII. To spring Page: 17 IX. Page: 18 X. To Mrs. G. Page: 18 XI. To sleep Page: 19 XII. Written on the sea shore.—October, 1784 Page: 20 XIII. From Petrarch Page: 21 XIV. From Petrarch Page: 21 XV. From Petrarch Page: 22 XVI. From Petrarch Page: 23 XVII. From the thirteenth cantata of Metastasio Page: 23 XVIII. To the Earl of Egremont Page: 24 XIX. To Mr. Hayley Page: 25 XX. To the Countess of A— Page: 25 XXI. Supposed to be written by Werter Page: 26 XXII. By the same. To solitude Page: 27 XXIII. By the same. To the North Star Page: 28 XXIV. By the same Page: 28 XXV. By the same. Just before his death Page: 29 XXVI. To the River Arun Page: 33 XXVII. Page: 30 XXVIII. To friendship Page: 31 XXIX. To Miss C— Page: 32 XXX. To the River Arun Page: 33 XXXI. Written in Farm Wood, South Downs, in May 1784 Page: 34 XXXII. To melancholy. Written on the banks of the Arun Page: 34 XXXIII. To the naiad of the Arun Page: 35 XXXIV. To a friend Page: 36 XXXV. To fortitude Page: 36 XXXVI. Page: 37 XXXVII.Sent to the Honorable Mrs. O'Neill Page: 37 XXXVIII. Page: 38 XXXIX. To night Page: 39 XL. Page: 39 XLI. To tranquillity Page: 40 XLII. Composed during a walk on the Downs Page: 40 XLIII. Page: 41 XLIV. Written in the church-yard at Middleton in Sussex Page: 42 XLV. On leaving a part of Sussex Page: 42 XLVI. Written at Penshurst, in autumn 1788 Page: 43 XLVII. To fancy Page: 44 XLVIII. To Mrs. **** Page: 45 XLIX. Supposed to have been written in a church-yard Page: 45 L. Page: 46 LI. Supposed to have been written in the Hebrides Page: 47 LII. The pilgrim Page: 47 LIII. The Laplander Page: 48 LIV. The sleeping woodman. Written in April 1790 Page: 49 LV. The return of the nightingale. Written in May 1791 Page: 49 LVI. The captive escaped in the wilds of America Page: 50 LVII. To dependence Page: 51 LVIII. The glow-worm Page: 51 LIX. Written September 1791, during a remarkable thunder storm Page: 52 LX. To an amiable girl Page: 53 LXI. Supposed to have been written in America Page: 54 LXII. Written on passing by moonlight through a village Page: 55 LXIII. The gossamer Page: 55 LXIV. Written at Bristol in the summer of 1794 Page: 56 LXV. To Dr. Parry of Bath, with some botanic drawings Page: 57 LXVI. Written in a tempestuous night, on the coast of Sussex Page: 58 LXVII. On passing over a dreary tract of country Page: 59 LXVIII. Written at Exmouth, midsummer, 1795 Page: 59 LXIX. Written at the same place, on seeing a seaman return Page: 60 LXX. On being cautioned against walking on an headland Page: 61 LXXI. Written at Weymouth in winter Page: 61 LXXII. To the morning star. Written near the sea Page: 62 LXXIII. To a querulous acquaintance Page: 63 LXXIV. The winter night Page: 63 LXXV. Page: 64 LXXVI. To a young man entering the world Page: 65 LXXVII. To the insect of the gossamer Page: 66 LXXVIII. Snowdrops Page: 67 LXXIX. To the goddess of botany Page: 68 LXXX. To the invisible moon Page: 69 LXXXI. Page: 70 LXXXII. To the shade of Burns Page: 71 LXXXIII. The sea view Page: 72 LXXXIV. To the Muse Page: 72 LXXXV. Page: 73 LXXXVI. Written near a port on a dark evening Page: 74 LXXXVII. Written in October Page: 74 LXXXVIII. Nepenthe Page: 75 LXXXIX. To the sun Page: 76 XC. To oblivion Page: 77 XCI. Reflections on some drawings of plants Page: 77 XCII. Written at Bignor Park in Sussex, in August, 1799 Page: 78 Ode to despair Page: 79 Elegy Page: 80 Song from the French of Cardinal Bernis Page: 84 The origin of flattery Page: 85 The peasant of the Alps Page: 90 Song Page: 92 Thirty-eight Page: 92 Verses intended to have been prefixed to the novel of Emmeline Page: 95 The dead beggar Page: 96 The female exile Page: 97 Written for the benefit of a distressed player Page: 99 Inscription on a stone, in the church-yard at Boreham Page: 103 A descriptive ode Page: 103 Verses supposed to have been written in the New Forest Page: 107 Song from the French Page: 108 Apostrophe to an old tree Page: 109 The forest boy Page: 111 Verses, on the death of [Henrietta O'Neill] Page: 117 April Page: 119 Ode to death Page: 121 Stanzas Page: 122 To the winds Page: 123 To Vesper Page: 125 Lydia Page: 126 The Emigrants Page: 131 To William Cowper, Esq Page: 132 Book the First Page: 135 Book the Second Page: 149 Uncollected Poems Page: 165 Hymn to love and life Page: 167 Sonnet to the Forest Ytene Page: 167 Prologue to What is She? Page: 168 Epilogue [A] to What is She? Page: 170 Epilogue [B] to What is She? Page: 171 Epilogue [C] to What is She? Page: 173 Prologue to Godwin's Antonio Page: 174 Conversations Introducing Poetry Page: 177 To a green-chafer, on a white rose Page: 179 A walk by the water Page: 180 Invitation to the bee Page: 181 The hedge-hog seen in a frequented path Page: 183 The early butterfly Page: 184 The moth Page: 185 To the snow-drop Page: 187 Violets Page: 188 To a butterfly in a window Page: 189 Wild flowers Page: 190 The close of summer Page: 192 The wheat-ear Page: 194 An evening walk by the sea-side Page: 196 The heath Page: 198 Ode to the missel thrush Page: 200 Ode to the olive tree Page: 202 To the fire-fly of Jamaica Page: 204 Lines composed in passing through a forest in Germany Page: 207 To a geranium which flowered during the winter Page: 208 To the mulberry-tree Page: 210 Beachy Head, Fables, and Other Poems Page: 213 Advertisement Page: 215 Beachy Head Page: 217 Notes to the Fables Page: 251 The dictatorial owl Page: 253 The jay in masquerade Page: 257 The truant dove, from Pilpay Page: 260 The lark's nest Page: 269 The swallow Page: 273 Flora Page: 279 Studies by the sea Page: 289 The horologe of the fields Page: 295 Saint Monica Page: 299 A walk in the shrubbery Page: 303 Hope. A rondeau Page: 306 Evening Page: 307 Love and Folly Page: 308 On the aphorism "L'Amitié est l'Amour sans ailes" Page: 310 To my lyre Page: 310 Textual Notes Page: 313 Index of First Lines Page: 325 A Page: 325 B Page: 325 C Page: 325 D Page: 325 E Page: 325 F Page: 325 G Page: 326 H Page: 326 I Page: 326 J Page: 326 L Page: 327 M Page: 327 N Page: 327 O Page: 327 P Page: 328 Q Page: 328 R Page: 328 S Page: 328 T Page: 328 W Page: 329 Y Page: 329 Index of Titles Page: 331 A Page: 331 B Page: 331 C Page: 331 D Page: 331 E Page: 331 F Page: 331 G Page: 332 H Page: 332 I Page: 332 J Page: 332 L Page: 332 M Page: 332 N Page: 332 O Page: 332 P Page: 333 R Page: 333 S Page: 333 T Page: 333 V Page: 335 W Page: 335

Charlotte Smith (1749-1806) was the author of ten novels, a play, and a host of innovative educational books for children, as well as several volumes of poetry that helped set priorities and determine the tastes of the culture of early Romanticism. Her Elegiac Sonnets sparked the sonnet revival in English Romanticism; The Emigrants initiated its passion for lengthy meditative introspection; and Beachy Head lent its poetic engagement with nature a uniquely telling immediacy. Smith was a woman, Wordsworth remarked a quarter century after her death, "to whom English verse is under greater obligations than are likely to be either acknowledged or remembered." True to his prediction, Smith's poetry has virtually dropped from sight and thus from cultural consciousness. This, the first edition of Smith's collected poems, will restore to all students of English poetry a distinctive, compelling voice. Likewise, the recovery of Smith to her rightful place among the Romantic poets must spur the reassessment of the place of women writers within that culture.
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