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SONNET [16] XVI. From Petrarch.

1 YE vales and woods! fair scenes of happier hours!
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LINE 1. Valle che de lamenti miei se piena. Sonnetto 33. Parte secondo.

2 Ye feather'd people, tenants of the grove!
3 And you, bright stream! befring'd with shrubs and flow'rs,
4 Behold my grief, ye witnesses of love!
5 For ye beheld my infant passion rise,
6 And saw thro' years unchang'd my faithful flame;
7 Now cold, in dust, the beauteous object lies,
8 And you, ye conscious scenes, are still the same!
9 While busy memory still delights to dwell
10 On all the charms theme bitter tears deplore,
11 And with a trembling hand describes too well
12 The angel form I shall behold no more!
13 To Heaven she's fled! and nought to me remains
14 But the pale ashes, which her urn contains.

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Title (in Source Edition): SONNET [16] XVI. 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. 36. xix,[2],22-126,[2]p.,[5] leaves of plates: ill.; 15 cm. (12mo) (OTA N22357)

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