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1 HOW fondly I gaze on the fast falling-leaves,
2 That mark, as I wander, the summer's decline;
3 And then I exclaim, while my conscious heart heaves,
4 "Thus early to droop and to perish be mine!"
5 Yet once I remember, in moments long past,
6 Most dear to my sight was the spring's opening bloom;
7 But then my youth's spring sorrow had not o'ercast,
8 Nor taught me with fondness to look on the tomb.
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9 Fair Spring! now no longer these grief-faded eyes
10 Thy rich glowing beauties with pleasure can see;
11 Thy pale sickly hues, chilly Autumn, I prize,
12 They suit blighted hopes, and are emblems of me.


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Opie, Amelia Alderson, 1769-1853. The Warrior's Return, and Other Poems. By Mrs. Opie. 2d. ed. London: Printed for Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme, Paternoster-row, 1808, pp. [179]-180.  (Page images digitized by Library of Congress Research Institute.)

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