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SONNET [07] VII. On the Departure of the Nightingale.

1 SWEET poet of the woods a long adieu!
2 Farewell, soft minstrel of the early year!
3 Ah! 'twill be long ere thou shalt sing anew,
4 And pour thy music on the 'night's dull ear.'

LINE 4. On the night's dull ear. Shakespeare.

5 Whether on Spring thy wandering flights await,

LINE 5. Whether on Spring Alludes to the supposed migration of the Nightingale.

6 Or whether silent in our groves you dwell,
7 The pensive muse shall own thee for her mate,


The pensive Muse shall own thee for her mate.
Whether the Muse or Love call thee his mate,
Both them I serve, and of their train am I.
Milton's First Sonnet.
8 And still protect the song she loves so well.
9 With cautious step the lovelorn youth shall glide
10 Thro' the lone brake that shades thy mossy nest;
11 And shepherd girls, from eyes profane shall hide
12 The gentle bird, who sings of pity best:
13 For still thy voice shall soft affections move,
14 And still be dear to sorrow, and to love!


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Title (in Source Edition): SONNET [07] VII. On the Departure of the Nightingale.
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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. 27. xix,[2],22-126,[2]p.,[5] leaves of plates: ill.; 15 cm. (12mo) (OTA N22357)

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