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SONNET [29] XXIX. To Miss C****. On being desired to attempt writing a Comedy.

1 WOULD'ST thou then have me tempt the comic scene
2 Of gay Thalia? Us'd so long to tread
3 The gloomy paths of Sorrow's cypress shade;
4 And the lorn lay, with sighs and tears to stain!
5 Alas! how much unfit her sprightly vein!
6 Arduous to try! and seek the sunny mead,
7 And bow'rs of roses, where she loves to lead
8 The sportive subjects of her golden reign!
9 Enough for me, if still, to soothe my days,
10 Her fair and pensive sister condescend,
11 With tearful smile, to bless my simple lays;
12 Enough, if her soft notes she sometimes lend,
13 To gain for me, of feeling hearts the praise,
14 And chiefly thine, my ever partial friend!

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Title (in Source Edition): SONNET [29] XXIX. To Miss C****. On being desired to attempt writing a Comedy.
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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. 49. xix,[2],22-126,[2]p.,[5] leaves of plates: ill.; 15 cm. (12mo) (OTA N22357)

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