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SONNET [04] IV. To the Moon.

1 QUEEN of the silver bow! by thy pale beam,
2 Alone and pensive, I delight to stray,
3 And watch thy shadow trembling in the stream,
4 Or mark the floating clouds that cross thy way.
5 And while I gaze, thy mild and placid light
6 Sheds a soft calm upon my troubled breast;
7 And oft I think fair planet of the night
8 That in thy orb, the wretched may have rest:
9 The suff'rers of the earth perhaps may go,
10 Releas'd by Death to thy benignant sphere,
11 And the sad children of Despair and Woe
12 Forget, in thee, their cup of sorrow here.
13 Oh! that I soon may reach thy world serene,
14 Poor wearied pilgrim in this toiling scene!


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Title (in Source Edition): SONNET [04] IV. To the Moon.
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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, pp. 24-[]. xix,[2],22-126,[2]p.,[5] leaves of plates: ill.; 15 cm. (12mo) (OTA N22357)

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