Sonnet

Original Text: 

Toru Dutt, A Sheaf Gleaned in French Fields (London: C. Kegan Paul, 1880): 1. Internet Archive

1Happy is he, who, like the Ithacan sage
2Or the brave hero of the golden fleece,
3Having far travelled, finds his troubles cease,
4Amidst his own, in ripe-experienced age.
5When shall I turn again to life's first page?
6From the world's tumult when obtain release?
7And greet the village and the home of Peace
8Where sweet affections quell each passion's rage?
9Dearer to me that home my grandsires built,
10Than Roman palaces with pillars brave,
11Dearer those roofs of slate than marble gilt,
12Dearer my Loire than Tiber's sacred wave,
13Dearer my Lyré than the Palatine,
14And oh how dear, thou climate Angevine!
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
Data entry: Shraine Leung
RPO Edition: 
2012