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SONNET

ON THE APPROACH OF AUTUMN.

1 FAREWEL gay Summer! now the changing wind
2 That Autumn brings commands thee to retreat;
3 It fades the roses which thy temples bind,
4 And the green sandals which adorn thy feet.
5 Now flies with thee the walk at eventide,
6 That favouring hour to rapt enthusiasts dear;
7 When most they love to seek the mountain side,
8 And mark the pomp of twilight hastening near.
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9 Then fairy forms around the poet throng,
10 On every cloud a glowing charm he sees ....
11 Sweet Evening, these delights to thee belong: ....
12 But now, alas! comes Autumn's chilling breeze,
13 And early Night, attendant on its sway,
14 Bears in her envious veil sweet Fancy's hour away.

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Title (in Source Edition): SONNET ON THE APPROACH OF AUTUMN.
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The Warrior's Return, and Other Poems. By Mrs. Opie. 2d. ed. London: Printed for Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme, Paternoster-row, 1808, pp. [99]-100. 

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