"Soul-chearing rays" may be eclipsed

— Seward, Anna (1742-1809)

"Soul-chearing rays" may be eclipsed
Metaphor in Context
Sonnet. To Honora Sneyd

HONORA, should that cruel time arrive
When gainst my truth thou should'st my errors poise,
Scorning remembrance of our vanished joys;
When for the love-warm looks in which I live,
But cold respect must greet me, that shall give
No tender glance, no kind regretful sighs;
When thou shalt pass me with averted eyes,
Feigning thou see'st me not, to sting, and grieve,
And sicken my sad heart, I could not bear
Such dire eclipse of thy soul-chearing rays;
I could not learn my struggling heart to tear
From thy loved form, that through my memory strays;
Nor in the pale horizon of Despair
Endure the wintry and darkened days.
(ll.1-14, p. 313)
Lonsdale, R. Ed. Eighteenth Century Women Poets. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1989.
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The Mind is a Metaphor is authored by Brad Pasanek, Assistant Professor of English, University of Virginia.