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SONNET [18] XVIII. To the Earl of Egremont.

1 WYNDHAM! 'tis not thy blood, tho' pure it runs
2 Thro' a long line of glorious ancestry,
3 Percys and Seymours, Britain's boasted sons,
4 Who trust the honors of their race to thee:
5 'Tis not thy splendid domes, where science loves
6 To touch the canvas, and the bust to raise;
7 Thy rich domains, fair fields and spreading groves;
8 'Tis not all these the Muse delights to praise!
9 In birth, and wealth and honors, great thou art!
10 But nobler, in thy independent mind;
11 And in that liberal hand and feeling heart
12 Giv'n thee by Heav'n a blessing to mankind!
13 Unworthy oft may titled fortune be;
14 A soul like thine is true Nobility!

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Title (in Source Edition): SONNET [18] XVIII. To the Earl of Egremont.
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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. 38. xix,[2],22-126,[2]p.,[5] leaves of plates: ill.; 15 cm. (12mo) (OTA N22357)

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