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1 O Power of fancy, from thy treasur'd store
2 Of past delights, which smile on earth no more,
3 Give to my aching heart the hour again,
4 When first it learnt to beat with sweet impassion'd pain.
5 All else seems tasteless, vain, and lost to me,
6 But those dear moments, Petrarch, pass'd with thee,
7 When from thy eyes the subtle softness stole
8 Into this throbbing breast, and seiz'd my captive soul.
9 Return enchanting looks and tender sighs,
10 Again in fancy's fairy vision rise;
11 Again methinks our falt'ring tongues declare
12 A hopeless passion, born and nourish'd in despair.
13 In sympathy we met; but sullen fate
14 Mix'd with its sweets the bitter of regret;
15 We met to love, to suffer, and to part,
16 And bear thro' tedious life a sad divided heart.


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Title (in Source Edition): LAURA.
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Hunter, Anne Home (Mrs. John), 1742-1821. Poems, by Mrs. John Hunter. London: Printed for T. Payne, Mews Gate, by T. Bensley, Bolt Court, Fleet Street, 1802, p. 63.  (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian Library [280 e.4058].)

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