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SONNET [19] XIX. To Mr. Hayley. On receiving some elegant Lines from him.

1 FOR me the Muse a simple band design'd
2 Of 'idle' flow'rs, that bloom the woods among,
3 Which with the cypress and the willow join'd,
4 A garland form'd, as artless as my song:
5 And little dar'd I hope its transient hours
6 So long would last; compos'd of buds so brief;
7 'Till Hayley's hand among the vagrant flow'rs,
8 Threw from his verdant crown, a deathless leaf.
9 For high in Fame's bright fane has Judgment plac'd
10 The laurel wreath Serena's poet won;
11 Which, wov'n with myrtles by the hands of Taste,
12 The Muse decreed, for this her favourite son.
13 And those immortal leaves his temples shade,
14 Whose fair eternal verdure shall not fade!

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Title (in Source Edition): SONNET [19] XIX. To Mr. Hayley. On receiving some elegant Lines from him.
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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. 39. xix,[2],22-126,[2]p.,[5] leaves of plates: ill.; 15 cm. (12mo) (OTA N22357)

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