BETA

SONNET.

WRITTEN IN THE STEAMER, ON LEAVING CONSTANTINOPLE.

Proud Stamboul’s gay and gilded domes recede, 1
Making the horizon precious as they part ! —2
Farewell ! —it is with a reluctant heart 3
I bid farewell to thee ! —true home, indeed, 4
Of beauty and delight! With envious speed 5
The fire-barque* on its foamy way doth dart, 6
Leaving thy shores, all loveliest that thou art, 7
Swift as the arrowy, air-hurled, light jereed ! 8
Queen of the East ! —complexioned with the sun ! —9
How doth thy beauty chain the soul to thee ! — 10
On earth thy mighty pomp is matched by none, 11
Enchantress of the land and of the sea ! — 12
Thou that wert formed, thou first and fairest one, 13
The Circe of two Worlds—two Elements to be !14
* The Turks at first called steam-boats Ateche-gemin , “ fire-ships.”