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SONNET.

TO DELIA.

1 THRICE has the year its varied circuit run,
2 And chearful, Delia, have the moments flown,
3 Since with my love for thee, my care begun
4 To form thy tender mind to virtue prone:
5 The flatteries of my sex I bade thee shun,
6 I bade thee shun the follies of thy own;
7 Fictitious manners by example won,
8 Alike to truth and innocence unknown:
9 Say, blooming Maiden, in whose gentle breast
10 Reigns simple Nature undisguis'd by Art,
11 Now amply try'd by time's unerring test,
12 How just the dictates of this faithful heart,
13 That with the joys thy favouring smiles impart,
14 Deems all its cares repair'd, itself supremely blest.

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Title (in Source Edition): SONNET. TO DELIA.
Author: John Scott
Themes: sex; relations between the sexes
Genres: sonnet; Italian (Petrarchan) sonnet
References: DMI 32646

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A collection of poems in four volumes. By several hands. Vol. IV. [The second edition]. London: printed for G. Pearch, 1770, p. 129. 4v. ; 8⁰. (ESTC T116245; DMI 1137)

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