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SONNET [10] X. To Mrs. G***.

1 AH! Why will Memory with officious care
2 The long lost visions of my days renew!
3 Why paint the vernal landscape green and fair,
4 When life's gay dawn was opening to my view!
5 Ah! Wherefore bring those moments of delight,
6 When with my Anna, on the southern shore,
7 I thought the future as the present bright!
8 Ye dear delusions! ye return no more!
9 Alas! How diff'rent does the truth appear,
10 From the warm picture youth's rash hand pourtrays!
11 How fades the scene, as we approach it near,
12 And pain and sorrow strike how many ways!
13 Yet of that tender heart, ah! still retain
14 A share for me and I will not complain!

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Title (in Source Edition): SONNET [10] X. To Mrs. G***.
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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. 30. xix,[2],22-126,[2]p.,[5] leaves of plates: ill.; 15 cm. (12mo) (OTA N22357)

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