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1 COME, tender thoughts, with twilight's pensive gloom,
2 Come, tender thoughts, and sooth the soul of care,
3 Soften remembrance, mitigate despair,
4 And cast a gleam of comfort o'er the tomb.
5 Methinks again the days and years return
6 When joy was young, and careless fancy smil'd,
7 When hope with promises the heart beguil'd,
8 When love illum'd the world, and happiness was born.
9 Where are ye fled, dear moments of delight!
10 And thou, O best belov'd! alas, no more
11 The future can the faded past restore;
12 Sunk in the shade of time's eternal night,
13 For me remains alone, through ling'ring years,
14 The melancholy muse, companion of my tears.


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Title (in Source Edition): SONNET, AFTER THE DEATH OF 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. 64.  (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian Library [280 e.4058].)

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