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1 SIGHING I see you little troop at play;
2 By sorrow yet untouch'd; unhurt by care;
3 While free and sportive they enjoy today,
4 'Content and careless of tomorrow's fare!'

LINE 4. Content and careless of tomorrow's fare. Thompson.

5 O happy age! when Hope's unclouded ray
6 Lights their green path, and prompts their simple mirth,
7 Ere yet they feel the thorns that lurking lay
8 To wound the wretched pilgrims of the earth,
9 Making them rue the hour that gave them birth,
10 And threw them on a world so full of pain,
11 Where prosperous Folly treads on patient Worth,
12 And to deaf Pride, Misfortune pleads in vain!
13 Ah! for their future fate how many fears
14 Oppress my heart and fill mine eyes with tears!


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Title (in Source Edition): SONNET [27] XXVII.
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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. 47. xix,[2],22-126,[2]p.,[5] leaves of plates: ill.; 15 cm. (12mo) (OTA N22357)

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