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SONNET [25] XXV. By the same. Just before his Death.

1 WHY should I wish to hold in this low sphere
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May my death remove every obstacle to your happiness. Be at peace, I intreat you be at peace.

Sorrows of Werter. Volume Second.
2 'A frail and feverish being?' wherefore try
3 Poorly from day to day to linger here,
4 Against the powerful hand of Destiny?
5 By those who know the force of hopeless care,
6 On the worn heart I sure shall be forgiv'n,
7 If to elude dark guilt, and dire despair,
8 I go uncall'd to mercy and to Heav'n!
9 Oh thou! to save whose peace I now depart,
10 Will thy soft mind, thy poor lost friend deplore,
11 When worms shall feed on this devoted heart,
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When worms shall feed on this devoted heart,
Where e'en thy image shall be found no more.
From a line in Roussean's Eloisa.
12 Where e'en thy image shall be found no more?
13 Yet may thy pity mingle not with pain,
14 For then thy hapless lover dies in vain!

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Title (in Source Edition): SONNET [25] XXV. By the same. Just before his Death.
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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. 45. xix,[2],22-126,[2]p.,[5] leaves of plates: ill.; 15 cm. (12mo) (OTA N22357)

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