Cordula's Web. NOAA. Sunrise on the way to Ketchikan.
NOAA Photo Library: corp1764. Sunrise on the way to Ketchikan. John C. Bortniak. HiRes. Gallery 4


Charlotte Smith

Should the lone wanderer, fainting on his way,
Rest for a moment of the sultry hours
And though his path through thorns and roughness lay,
Pluck the wild rose or woodbine's gadding flowers;

Weaving gay wreaths beneath some sheltering tree,
The sense of sorrow he awhile may lose;
So have l sought thy flowers, fair poesy
So charmed my way with friendship and the muse.

But darker now grows life's unhappy day,
Dark with new clouds of evil yet to come:
Her pencil sickening fancy throws away
And weary hope reclines upon the tomb;

And points my wishes to that tranquil shore
Where the pale spectre care pursues no more.