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1 SWEET Peace! ah, lead me from the thorny dale,
2 Where desolate my wand'ring steps have fled;
3 Far from the sunny paths which others tread,
4 While youth enlivens, and while joys prevail.
5 Then I no more shall vanished hopes bewail,
6 No more the fruitless tear shall love to shed,
7 When pensive eve her cherish'd gloom has spread,
8 And day's bright tints, like my short pleasures, fail!
9 Yet lead me not where blooms the glowing rose,
10 But lead me where the cypress branches wave;
11 Thou hast a shelt'ring cell for cureless woes,
12 A home of refuge, where no tempests rave;
13 There would my weary heart in youth repose,
14 Beneath the turf that shrouds an early grave.


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Title (in Source Edition): SONNET TO PEACE OF MIND.
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Poems on various subjects: with introductory remarks on the present state of science and literature in France. London: G. and W. B. Whittaker, 1823, p. 207. 

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