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A SONNET; written at W—DE in the Absence of .
[ed.] "Written at Wynslade" (1782). (AH)

1 W—DE, thy beechen slopes with waving grain
2 Border'd, thine azure views of wood and lawn,
3 Whilom could charm, or when the joyous Dawn
4 Gan Night's dun robe with slushing purple stain,
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5 Or Evening drove to fold her woolly train;
6 Her fairest landscapes whence my Muse has drawn,
7 Too free with servile courtly phrase to fawn,
8 Too weak to try the Buskin's stately strain;
9 Yet now no more thy slopes of beech and corn
10 Nor prospects charm, since He far-distant strays
11 With whom I trac'd their sweets each eve and morn,
12 From Albion far, to cull Hesperian bays;
13 In this alone they please, howe'er forlorn,
14 That still they can recall those happier days.


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    Title (in Source Edition): A SONNET; written at W—DE in the Absence of —.
    Author: Thomas Warton
    Themes: nature; landscapes
    Genres: sonnet
    References: DMI 25784

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    A Collection of Poems in Six Volumes. By Several Hands. Vol. IV. London: printed by J. Hughs, for R. and J. Dodsley, 1763 [1st ed. 1758], pp. 221-222. 6v.: music; 8⁰. (ESTC T131163; OTA K104099.004)

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