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SONNET [14] XIV. From Petrarch.

1 LOOSE to the wind her golden tresses stream'd,

LINE 1. Erano i capei d'oro all aura sparsi, Sonnetto 69. Parte primo.

2 Forming bright waves, with amorous Zephyr's sight;
3 And tho' averted now, her charming eyes
4 Then with warm love, and melting pity beam'd.
5 Was I deceiv'd? Ah! surely, nymph divine!
6 That fine suffusion on thy check, was love;
7 What wonder then those beauteous tints should move,
8 Should fire this heart, this tender heart of mine!
9 Thy soft melodious voice, thy air, thy shape,
10 Were of a goddess not a mortal maid;
11 Yet tho' thy charms, thy heav'nly charms should fade,
12 My heart, my tender heart could not escape;
13 Nor cure for me in time or change be found:
14 The shaft extracted, does not cure the wound!


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Title (in Source Edition): SONNET [14] XIV. From Petrarch.
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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. 34. xix,[2],22-126,[2]p.,[5] leaves of plates: ill.; 15 cm. (12mo) (OTA N22357)

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