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SONNET [06] VI. To Hope.

1 OH, Hope! thou soother sweet of human woes!
2 How shall I lure thee to my haunts forlorn!
3 For me wilt thou renew the wither'd rose,
4 And clear my painful path of pointed thorn?
5 Ah come, sweet nymph! in smiles and softness drest,
6 Like the young hours that lead the tender year;
7 Enchantress come! and charm my cares to rest:
8 Alas! the flatterer flies, and will not hear!
9 A prey to fear, anxiety and pain,
10 Must I a sad existence still deplore?
11 Lo! the flow'rs fade, but all the thorns remain,
12 'For me the vernal garland blooms no more.'
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LINE 12. For me the vernal garland blooms no more. Pope's Imit. 1st Ode 4th Book of Horace.

13 Come then 'pale Misery's love!'
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LINE 13. Misery's love. Shakespeare's King John.

be thou my cure,
14 And I will bless thee, who tho' slow art sure.

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Title (in Source Edition): SONNET [06] VI. To Hope.
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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, pp. 26-111. xix,[2],22-126,[2]p.,[5] leaves of plates: ill.; 15 cm. (12mo) (OTA N22357)

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