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1 BROAD in the west the sun descends,
2 I love his parting ray;
3 The robe of purple light he lends
4 To dress the fading day.
5 For then, in yon grey mist array'd,
6 Soon twilight hastens near,
7 And softly throws the deep'ning shade
8 That hides my frequent tear!
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9 From me, capricious beauty, take
10 The fruitless boon you gave;
11 Those useless graces, that can make
12 Each youth, but one, my slave.
13 All praise but his I careless hear;
14 His words alone impart
15 The charm that ever soothes my ear,
16 And melts my partial heart!
17 False youth! though fair LOUISA'S face,
18 Though bright her tresses shine,
19 Canst thou in her light glances trace
20 The tenderness of mine?
21 Thy form which from my heart I tear,
22 No more that heart shall move;
23 Alas! the indignation there
24 Is but the pang of love!


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Title (in Source Edition): SONG.
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Williams, Helen Maria, 1759-1827. Poems on various subjects: with introductory remarks on the present state of science and literature in France. London: G. and W. B. Whittaker, 1823, pp. [164]-165.  (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian Library [8º W 229 BS].)

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