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1 THE nymphs and the shepherds now mourn,
2 That lost is the pride of their grove;
3 The cypress o'ershades the sweet rose,
4 No more seen is the flow'r which they love.
5 It's leaves were most spotless and pure,
6 Its colours were vivid and gay;
7 Its fragrance it lent to the year,
8 To the shepherds it brighten'd the day.
9 The bee would oft make her abode,
10 Where sweetness so much did excel;
11 Poor insect! she seeks it in vain,
12 And drooping returns to her cell.
13 New graces each minute display'd,
14 No time did its beauty decay:
15 When, growing the pride of the year,
16 'Twas suddenly hurried away.
17 Such a flower is innocent youth,
18 So transient! so frail in it's bloom;
19 So pleasing mild Coridon was,
20 As suddenly pass'd to his tomb.


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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, p. [163]. [2],x,[4],258p.; 8° (ESTC T132359) (Page images digitized by University of California Libraries.)

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