I think we shall drink October's chilling tear
Unidentified. But "rosy-fingered dawn" is an epithet common in Homer; and
"chilling tear" (as metaphor for rain) and "golden gates" (as metaphor
for the eastern sky at dawn) were likely, by Louisa's time, much used poetic
phrases. Louisa's poetic exuberance here is an example of the periphrastic
diction popular in 18th century poetry, a roundabout and colourful way
of conveying the idea that it should rain before morning.
ere Aurora with her rosy fingers opens the
golden gates of the east.