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SONNET [05] V. To the South Downs.

1 AH, hills belov'd! where once a happy child,
2 Your beechen shades, 'your turf, your flow'rs among,'


Your turf, your flowers among.
Whose turf, whose shades, whose flowers among.
3 I wove your bluebells into garlands wild,
4 And woke your echoes with my artless song.
5 Ah, hills belov'd! your turf, your flow'rs remain;
6 But, Can they peace to this sad breast restore?
7 For one poor moment soothe the sense of pain,
8 And teach a breaking heart to throb no more?
9 And you, Aruna!

LINE 9. Aruna! The river Arun.

in the vale below,
10 As to the sea your limpid waves you bear,
11 Can you one kind Lethean
[ed.] Mythology of forgetting. (anon.)
cup bestow,
12 To drink a long oblivion to my care?
13 Ah, no! when all, e'en Hope's last ray is gone,
14 There's no oblivion but in Death alone!


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Title (in Source Edition): SONNET [05] V. To the South Downs.
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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. 25. xix,[2],22-126,[2]p.,[5] leaves of plates: ill.; 15 cm. (12mo) (OTA N22357)

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