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1 If he whose bosom with no transport swells
2 In vernal airs, and hours, commits the crime
3 Of sullenness to Nature; 'gainst the time,
4 And its great RULER, he alike rebels
5 Who seriousness, and pious dread repels,
6 And aweless gazes on the faded Clime,
7 Dim in the gloom, and pale in the hoar rhyme,
8 That o'er the bleak, and dreary Prospect steals.
9 Spring claims our tender, grateful, gay delight;
10 Winter our sympathy, and sacred fear;
11 And sure the Hearts that pay not Pity's rite
12 O'er wide Calamity, that careless hear
13 Creation's wail, neglect, amid her blight,
14 The solemn lesson of the RUIN'D YEAR.


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Title (in Source Edition): SONNET.
Author: Anna Seward
Genres: sonnet

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Seward, Anna, 1742-1809. Llangollen Vale, with Other Poems. London: Printed for G. Sael, No. 192, Strand, 1796, p. 48.  (ESTC T96723) (Page images digitized by University of California Libraries.)

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