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SONNET [15] XV. From Petrarch.

1 WHERE the green leaves exclude the summer beam,
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Se lamentar augelli o verdi fronde.
Sonnetto 21. Parte secondo.
2 And softly bend as balmy breezes blow,
3 And where, with liquid lapse, the lucid stream
4 Across the fretted rock is heard to flow,
5 Pensive I lay: When she whom Earth concease,
6 As if still living, to my eyes appears,
7 And pitying Heaven her angel form reveals,
8 To say 'Unhappy Petrarch, dry your tears;
9 ' Ah! Why sad lover! thus before your time,
10 'In grief and sadness should your life decay,
11 ' And like a blighted flow'r, your manly prime
12 'In vain and hopeless sorrow, fade away?
13 ' Ah! Yield not thus to culpable despair,
14 'But raise thine eyes to Heav'n and think I wait thee there.'

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

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