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SONNET [39] XXXIX. To Night. From the same.

1 I LOVE thee, mournful, sobersuited night,
2 When the faint moon, yet ling'ring in her wane,
3 And veil'd in clouds, with pale uncertain light
4 Hangs o'er the waters of the restless main.
5 In deep depression sunk, th' enfeebled mind
6 Will to the deaf, cold elements complain,
7 And tell th' embosom'd grief, however vain,
8 To sullen surges and the viewless wind.
9 Tho' no repose on thy dark breast I find,
10 I still enjoy thee cheerless as thou art;
11 For in thy quiet gloom, th' exhausted heart
12 Is calm, tho' wretched; hopeless, yet resign'd.
13 While, to the winds and waves its sorrows giv'n,
14 May reach tho' lost on earth the ear of Heav'n!

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Title (in Source Edition): SONNET [39] XXXIX. To Night. From the same.
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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. 59. xix,[2],22-126,[2]p.,[5] leaves of plates: ill.; 15 cm. (12mo) (OTA N22357)

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