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SONNET [57] LVII. To Dependence.

1 DEPENDENCE! heavy, heavy are thy chains,
2 And happier they, who from the dangerous sea,
3 Or the dark mine, procure with ceaseless pains
4 A hard earn'd pittance than who trust to thee!
5 More blest the hind, who, from his bed of flock
6 Starts! when the birds of morn their summons give,
7 And waken'd by the lark, 'the sheperd's clock',
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LINE 7. The lark the shepherd's clock. Shakespeare.

8 Lives but to labour labouring but to live.
9 More noble than the sycophant, whose art
10 Must heap with taudry flow'rs thy hated shrine;
11 I envy not the meed thou canst impart
12 To crown his service while, tho' Pride combine
13 With Fraud to crush me my unfetter'd heart
14 Still to the Mountain Nymph
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LINE 14. The mountain goddess, Liberty. Milton.

may offer mine.

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Title (in Source Edition): SONNET [57] LVII. To Dependence.
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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. 77. xix,[2],22-126,[2]p.,[5] leaves of plates: ill.; 15 cm. (12mo) (OTA N22357)

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