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SONNET [23] XXIII. By the same. To the North Star.

1 TO thy bright beams I turn my swimming eyes,


The greater Bear, favorite of all the constellations; for when I left you of an evening it used to shine opposite your window.

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2 Fair, fav'rite planet! which in happier days
3 Saw my young hopes, ah! faithless hopes! arise;
4 And on my passion shed propitious rays!
5 Now nightly wandering mid the tempests drear
6 That howl the woods, and rocky steeps among,
7 I love to see thy sudden light appear
8 Thro' the swift clouds, driv'n by the wind along:
9 Or in the turbid water, rude and dark,
10 O'er whose wild stream the gust of Winter raves,
11 Thy trembling light with pleasure still I mark,
12 Gleam in faint radiance on the foaming waves!
13 So o'er my soul short rays of reason fly,
14 Then fade: and leave me, to despair and die!


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Title (in Source Edition): SONNET [23] XXIII. By the same. To the North Star.
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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. 43. xix,[2],22-126,[2]p.,[5] leaves of plates: ill.; 15 cm. (12mo) (OTA N22357)

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