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SONNET [08] VIII. To Spring.

1 AGAIN the wood, and long withdrawing vale,
2 In many a tint of tender green are drest,
3 Where the young leaves unfolding, scarce conceal,
4 Beneath their early shade, the half form'd nest
5 Of finch or woodlark; and the primrose pale,
6 And lavish cowslip, wildly scatter'd round,
7 Give their sweet spirits to the sighing gale.
8 Ah, season of delight! could aught be found
9 To soothe awhile the tortur'd bosom's pain,
10 Of Sorrow's rankling shaft to cure the wound,
11 And bring life's first delusions once again,
12 'Twere surely met in thee! thy prospect fair,
13 Thy sounds of harmony, thy balmy air,
14 Have power to cure all sadness but despair.
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Have power to cure all sadness but despair!
To the heart inspires
Vernal delight and joy, able to drive
All sadness but despair.
Paradise Lost, Fourth Book.

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Title (in Source Edition): SONNET [08] VIII. To Spring.
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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, p. 28. xix,[2],22-126,[2]p.,[5] leaves of plates: ill.; 15 cm. (12mo) (OTA N22357)

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