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SONNET [35] XXXV. To Fortitude.

1 NYMPH of the rock! whose dauntless spirit braves
2 The beating storm, and bitter winds that howl
3 Round thy cold breast; and hear'st the bursting waves,
4 And the deep thunder with unshaken soul;
5 Oh come! and shew how vain the cares that press
6 On my weak bosom and how little worth
7 Is the false fleeting meteor, Happiness,
8 That still misleads the wand'rers of the earth!
9 Strengthen'd by thee, this heart shall cease to melt
10 O'er ills that poor Humanity must bear;
11 Nor friends estrang'd, or ties dissolv'd be felt
12 To leave regret, and fruitless anguish there:
13 And when at length it heaves its latest sigh,
14 Thou, and mild Hope, shall teach me how to die!

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Title (in Source Edition): SONNET [35] XXXV. To Fortitude.
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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. 55. xix,[2],22-126,[2]p.,[5] leaves of plates: ill.; 15 cm. (12mo) (OTA N22357)

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