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SONNET [21] XXI. Supposed to be written by Werter.

1 GO! cruel tyrant of the human breast!
2 To other hearts, thy burning arrows bear;
3 Go, where fond Hope, and fair Illusion rest!
4 Ah! Why should love inhabit with despair!
5 Like the poor maniac I linger here,

LINE 5. Poor Maniac.

See the Story of the Lunatic.

Is this the destiny of man? Is he only happy before he possesses his reason, or after he has lost it? Full of hope you go to gather flowers in Winter, and are grieved not to find any and do not know why they cannot be found. Sorrows of Werter. Volume Second.
6 Still haunt the scene, where all my treasure lies;
7 Still seek for flow'rs, where only thorns appear,
8 'And drink delicious poison from her eyes!'

LINE 8. And drink delicious poison from thine eye. Pope.

9 Tow'rds the deep gulph that opens on my sight
10 I hurry forward, Passion's helpless slave!
11 And scorning Reason's mild and sober light,
12 Pursue the path that leads me to the grave!
13 So round the flame the giddy insect flies,
14 And courts the fatal fire, by which it dies!


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Title (in Source Edition): SONNET [21] XXI. Supposed to be written by Werter.
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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. 41. xix,[2],22-126,[2]p.,[5] leaves of plates: ill.; 15 cm. (12mo) (OTA N22357)

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