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1 THE wise, thro' time, have join'd to say
2 That bliss on earthly ground,
3 To mix, and deep, with some allay,
4 Will soon or late be found.
5 Yet, once I strove by fancy's aid
6 To dress, and call it mine;
7 A joy that nothing here could shade,
8 It seem'd so near divine.
9 I every generous virtue sought;
10 And plac'd them in a heart
11 With noble feelings finely fraught,
12 Devoid of pride or art.
13 I form'd a head, few such have been,
14 No gaudy sepulchre;
15 Which, if the poor contents were shewn,
16 But few would wish it near.
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17 Rich treasures there, in memory's store,
18 Bid Taste and Learning place;
19 With Judgment to collect still more,
20 And brilliant Wit to grace.
21 These with a pleasing form I crown'd,
22 Sure tis offence to no man;
23 My sex I own I wish'd renown'd,
24 And call'd my charm a woman.
25 But blessings dress'd by fancy's light,
26 I fear'd must fleet away;
27 Till Clara shone upon my sight,
28 And bid my vision stay.
29 Oh Clara! such a charm as thee,
30 But one way finds to grieve me;
31 And that, my Clara, cannot be,
32 That thou shouldst wish to leave me.


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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. [192]-193. [2],x,[4],258p.; 8° (ESTC T132359) (Page images digitized by University of California Libraries.)

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