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SONNET XI.

1 YOung, fair, and good! ah why should young and fair
2 And good be huddled in untimely grave?
3 Must so sweet flow'r so brief a period have,
4 Just bloom and charm, then fade and disappear?
5 Yet our's the loss, who ill alas can spare
6 The bright example, which thy virtues gave;
7 The guerdon thine, whom gracious heav'n did save
8 From longer trial in this vale of care.
9 Rest then, sweet saint, in peace and honour rest,
10 While our true tears bedew thy maiden hearse,
11 Light lie the earth upon thy lovely breast;
12 And let a grateful heart with grief oppress'd
13 To thy dear mem'ry consecrate this verse,
14 Though all too mean for who deserves the best.

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    Title (in Source Edition): SONNET XI.
    Themes: age; death
    Genres: sonnet; Italian (Petrarchan) sonnet
    References: DMI 22484

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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. 332. 6v.: music; 8⁰. (ESTC T131163; OTA K104099.002) (Page images digitized by the Eighteenth-Century Poetry Archive from a copy in the archive's library.)

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