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SONNET IV.

1 C**s, I hop'd the little heaven shall spare
2 Of my short day, which flits away so fast,
3 And sickness threats with clouds to overcast,
4 In social converse oft with thee to share.
5 Ill-luck for me, that wayward fate should tear
6 Thee from the haven thou had'st gain'd at last,
7 Again to try the toils and dangers past
8 In foreign climates, and an hostile air:
9 Yet duteous to thy country's call attend,
10 Which claims a portion of thy useful years,
11 And back with speed thy course to Britain bend.
12 If, e'er again we meet, perchance should end
13 My dark'ning eve, thou'lt pay some friendly tears,
14 Grateful to him, who liv'd and dy'd thy friend.

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    Title (in Source Edition): SONNET IV.
    Themes: friendship
    Genres: sonnet; Italian (Petrarchan) sonnet
    References: DMI 23525

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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. 325. 6v.: music; 8⁰. (ESTC T131163)

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