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SONNET [56] LVI. The Captive escaped in the Wilds of America. Addressed to the Honourable Mrs. O'Neill.

1 IF by his torturing, savage foes untrac'd,
2 The breathless Captive gain some trackless glade,
3 Yet hears the warwhoop howl along the waste,
4 And dreads the reptile monsters of the shade;
5 The giant reeds that murmur round the flood,
6 Seem to conceal some hideous form beneath;
7 And every hollow blast that shakes the wood,
8 Speaks to his trembling heart, of woe and death.
9 With horror fraught, and desolate dismay,
10 On such a wanderer falls the starless night;
11 But if, far streaming, a propitious ray
12 Leads to some amicable fort his sight,
13 He hails the beam benign that guides his way,
14 As I, my Harriet, bless thy friendship's cheering light.

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Title (in Source Edition): SONNET [56] LVI. The Captive escaped in the Wilds of America. Addressed to the Honourable Mrs. O'Neill.
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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. 76. xix,[2],22-126,[2]p.,[5] leaves of plates: ill.; 15 cm. (12mo) (OTA N22357)

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