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SONNET [49] XLIX. Supposed to have been written in a Church Yard, over the Grave of a Young Woman of nineteen. From the Novel of Celestina.

1 OH, thou! who sleep'st where hazle bands entwine
2 The vernal grass, with paler violets drest;
3 I would, sweet maid! thy humble bed were mine,
4 And mine thy calm and enviable rest.
5 For never more by human ills opprest,
6 Shall thy soft spirit fruitlessly repine:
7 Thou canst not now, thy fondest hopes resign
8 E'en in the hour that should have made thee blest.
9 Light lies the turf upon thy virgin breast;
10 And ling'ring here, to Love and Sorrow true,
11 The Youth who once thy simple heart possest
12 Shall mingle tears with April's early dew;
13 While still for him shall faithful Memory save
14 Thy form and virtues from the silent grave.

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Title (in Source Edition): SONNET [49] XLIX. Supposed to have been written in a Church Yard, over the Grave of a Young Woman of nineteen. From the Novel of Celestina.
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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. 69. xix,[2],22-126,[2]p.,[5] leaves of plates: ill.; 15 cm. (12mo) (OTA N22357)

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