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SONNET III.

To F. K. Esq

1 O Sprung from worthies, who with counsels wise
2 Adorn'd and strengthen'd great Elisa's throne,
3 Who yet with virtuous pride, may'st well despise
4 To borrow praise from merits not thy own.
5 Oft as I view the monumental stone
6 Where our lov'd H***'s cold ashes rest,
7 Musing on joys with him long past and gone,
8 A pleasing sad remembrance fills my breast.
9 Did the sharp pang we feel for friends deceas'd
10 Unbated last, we must with anguish die;
11 But nature bids its rigour should be eas'd
12 By lenient time, and strong necessity:
13 These calm the passions, and subdue the mind
14 To bear th' appointed lot of human kind.

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    Title (in Source Edition): SONNET III. To F. K. Esq
    Themes: death
    Genres: sonnet; Italian (Petrarchan) sonnet
    References: DMI 23522

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    A Collection of Poems in Six Volumes. By Several Hands. Vol. II. London: printed by J. Hughs, for R. and J. Dodsley, 1763 [1st ed. 1758], p. 324. 6v.: music; 8⁰. (ESTC T131163; OTA K104099.002)

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