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the same date pictures a female exile, looking with anxious fears towards the father-land she has left. Charlotte Smith also wrote some lines " for the benefit of a distressed player, detained at Brighthelmstone for debt, November, 1792."
Ditchling. Gideon Algernon Mantell, although chiefly remembered as a geologist, was also an accomplished litterateur. His stanzas on the cemetery at Ditchling were suggested by the circumstance that the graves in the Dissenters' burial-ground had no monumental stones, but were covered with evergreens and flowering shrubs.
What though no marbles mark this hallowed spot, Where youth and age and worth and beauty sleep, Nor epitaphs declare the mortal lot Of those who here eternal silence keep, Yet o'er these mossy beds the willows weep, And yew and cypress shed a solemn gloom, And morning's mists with dew their tresses steep Diffusing freshness o'er the verdant tomb.
Mute but expressive emblems ! well ye teach The fate of those whose relics here repose; More forcibly than moralist can preach, Their present, past, and future state disclose. For who that views yon fragrant blushing rose, Shedding its sweetness through the balmy air, Nor deems that loveliness from all its woes And all its wrongs hath found a shelter there !