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SONNET [01] I.

1 THE partial Muse has, from my earliest hours,
2 Smil'd on the rugged path I'm doom'd to tread,
3 And still with sportive hand has snatch'd wild flow'rs,
4 To weave fantastic garlands for my head:
5 But far, far happier is the lot of those
6 Who never learn'd her dear delusive art;
7 Which, while it decks the head with many a rose,
8 Reserves the thorn, to fester in the heart.
9 For still she bids soft Pity's melting eye
10 Stream o'er the ills she knows not to remove,
11 Points ev'ry pang, and deepens ev'ry sigh
12 Of mourning Friendship, or unhappy Love.
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AH! then, how dear the Muse's favors cost,
If those paint sorrow best who feel it most!
The well sung woes shall soothe my pensive ghost;
He best can paint them, who shall feel them most.
Pope's Eloisa to Abelard, 366th line.
Ah! then, how dear the Muse's favors cost,
14 If those paint sorrow best who feel it most.

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Title (in Source Edition): SONNET [01] I.
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Elegiac sonnets, and other poems. By Charlotte Smith. The first Worcester edition, from the sixth London edition, with additions. Printed at Worcester [Mass.]: by Isaiah Thomas, sold by him in Worcester, and by said Thomas and Andrews in Boston, 1795. xix,[2],22-126,[2]p.,[5] leaves of plates: ill.; 15 cm. (12mo) (OTA N22357)

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