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1 FORSAKE the sparkling eye of joy,
2 On downy wing, oh! balmy sleep;
3 Swift all thy gentle power employ,
4 To close the eyes that weep.
5 Confin'd within their ebon cell,
6 All thy terrific visions stay;
7 Wide, where thy dreams of pleasure dwell,
8 The ivory gates display.
9 The sickening heart thy powers release,
10 From every felt, or threaten'd harm;
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11 Let former days return to bless,
12 And fond illusions charm.
13 Whate'er of dear departed good,
14 The pensive mourner can deplore;
15 Thou may'st, in paths with pleasure strew'd,
16 Kindly again restore.
17 There bliss of youth! th' approving friend,
18 And health, and dear parental love;
19 Joys, which all earthly joys transcend,
20 With the freed spirit rove.
21 Oh sleep! display thy visions fair,
22 Where grief has sown its thorns within;
23 Till death, dissolving mortal care,
24 Shall realize the scene.


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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. 176-177. [2],x,[4],258p.; 8° (ESTC T132359) (Page images digitized by University of California Libraries.)

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