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1 THE Strawberry blooms upon its lowly bed,
2 Plant of my native soil! the Lime may fling
3 More potent fragrance on the zephyr's wing,
4 The milky Cocoa richer juices shed,
5 The white Guava lovelier blossoms spread
6 But not, like thee, to fond remembrance bring
7 The vanished hours of life's enchanting spring;
8 Short calendar of joys for ever fled!
9 Thou bid'st the scenes of childhood rise to view,
10 The wild wood-path which fancy loves to trace;
11 Where, veil'd in leaves, thy fruit of rosy hue
12 Lurk'd on its pliant stem with modest grace.
13 But ah! when thought would later years renew,
14 Alas, successive sorrows crowd the space!


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Title (in Source Edition): SONNET TO THE STRAWBERRY.
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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, p. 214.  (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian Library [8º W 229 BS].)

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