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SONNET [09] IX.

1 BLEST is yon shepherd, on the turf reclin'd,
2 Who, on the varied clouds which float above,
3 Lies idly gazing while his vacant mind
4 Pours out some tale antique of rural love!
5 Ah! he has never felt the pangs that move
6 Th' indignant spirit, when with selfish pride,
7 Friends, on whose faith the trusting heart rely'd,
8 Unkindly shun th' imploring eye of woe!
9 The ills they ought to soothe, with taunts deride,
10 And laugh at tears themselves have forc'd to flow.
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And laugh at tears themselves have forc'd to flow.
And hard Unkindness' alter'd eye,
That mocks the tear it forc'd to flow.
Gray.
11 Nor his rude bosom those fine feelings melt,
12 Children of Sentiment and Knowledge born,
13 Thro' whom each shaft with cruel force is felt
14 Empoison'd by deceit or barb'd with scorn.

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Title (in Source Edition): SONNET [09] IX.
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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. 29. xix,[2],22-126,[2]p.,[5] leaves of plates: ill.; 15 cm. (12mo) (OTA N22357)

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