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SONNET [03] III. To a Nightingale.

1 POOR melancholy bird that all night long

LINE 1. The idea from the 43d Sonnet of Petrarch. Secondo parte. Quel rosigniuol, che si soave piagne.

2 Tell'st to the Moon thy tale of tender woe;
3 From what sad cause can such sweet sorrow flow,
4 And whence this mournful melody of song?
5 Thy poet's musing fancy would translate
6 What mean the sounds that swell thy little breast,
7 When still at dewy eve thou leav'st thy nest,
8 Thus to the list'ning night to sing thy fate?
9 Pale Sorrow's victims wert thou once among,
10 Tho' now releas'd in woodlands wild to rove?
11 Say Hast thou felt from friends some cruel wrong,
12 Or diedst thou martyr of disastrous love?
13 Ah, songstress sad! that such my lot might be,
14 To sigh and sing, at liberty like thee!


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Title (in Source Edition): SONNET [03] III. To a Nightingale.
Themes: sadness; nature
Genres: sonnet

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Smith, Charlotte Turner, 1749-1806. Elegiac sonnets, and other poems. By Charlotte Smith. The first Worcester edition, from the sixth London edition, with additions. Printed at Worcester [Mass.]: by Isaiah Thomas, sold by him in Worcester, and by said Thomas and Andrews in Boston, 1795, p. 23. xix,[2],22-126,[2]p.,[5] leaves of plates: ill.; 15 cm. (12mo) (OTA N22357)

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