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1 TROUBLED ocean! troubled ocean!
2 Thee calmer gales shall sooth to rest;
3 But what shall smooth that keener motion,
4 That rankles in my anxious breast.
5 Dark clouds the azure skies obscuring,
6 Winds waft them, and fair suns appear;
7 But when my clouded eye is weeping,
8 Can aught disperse the bitter tear.
9 To sable night for Phebus mourning,
10 Cynthia lends her placid beam;
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11 Oh say! what dawn of hope returning,
12 On my sorrowing heart shall gleam?
13 Thou pliant willow, pliant willow,
14 That bends and rises from the storm;
15 So could I rise from that rude billow,
16 Which would o'erwhelm me in the storm.
17 Oh! come then heavenly resignation,
18 And bear me in the adverse stream;
19 Till to celestial bliss I waken,
20 From life as from a painful dream.


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Title (in Source Edition): SONNET.
Author: Eliza Day
Genres: sonnet

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Daye, Eliza, b. ca. 1734. Poems, on Various Subjects. Liverpool: Printed by J. M'Creery, 1798, pp. 161-162. [2],x,[4],258p.; 8° (ESTC T132359) (Page images digitized by University of California Libraries.)

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