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SONNET [34] XXXIV. To a Friend.

1 CHARM'D by thy suffrage, shall I yet aspire,
2 (All inauspicious as my fate appears,
3 By troubles darken'd, that increase with years,)
4 To guide the crayon, or to touch the lyre?
5 Ah me! the sister Muses still require
6 A spirit free from all intrusive fears,
7 Nor will they deign to wipe away the tears
8 Of vain regret, that dim their sacred fire.
9 But when thy envied sanction crowns my lays,
10 A ray of pleasure lights my languid mind,
11 For well I know the value of thy praise;
12 And to how few, the flatt'ring meed confin'd,
13 That thou, their highly favour'd brows to bind,
14 Wilt weave green myrtle and unfading bays!

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Title (in Source Edition): SONNET [34] XXXIV. To a Friend.
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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. 54. xix,[2],22-126,[2]p.,[5] leaves of plates: ill.; 15 cm. (12mo) (OTA N22357)

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