Collected Poems of Henry Derozio: Preface by Manu Samriti Chander; Edited by Amardeep Singh

Sonnet: To the Moon

   Lonely thou wander'st through wide heaven, like one 
That has some fearful deed of darkness done, 
With grief upon thy cheek; while sad despair 
Coldly refuseth thee a shelter where. 
Repose might give thee welcome. Or hast thou 
Washed with pale light thy melancholy brow, 
Because thee dreams Hope brought thee once, have fled, 
And left thee thoughts of sadness in their stead? 
Ah no! it is that thou art too near earth 
Ever to witness rosy pleasure's birth; 
And ceaseless gazing on the thousand showers 
Of ill that inundate this world of our's 
Has touched thy heart, and bid thine aspect be 
For our misfortunes, pale with sympathy. 

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