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SONNET [37] XXXVII. Sent to the Hon. Mrs. O'Niell, with painted Flowers.

1 THE poet's fancy takes from Flora's realm
2 Her buds and leaves to dress fictitious powers,
3 With the green olive shades Minerva's helm,
4 And gives to Beauty's Queen, the Queen of Flowers.
5 But what gay blossoms of luxuriant Spring,
6 With rose, mimosa, amaranth entwin'd,
7 Shall fabled Sylphs, and fairy people bring,
8 As a just emblem of the lovely mind?
9 In vain the mimic pencil tries to blend
10 The glowing dyes that dress the flow'ry race,
11 Scented and colour'd by a hand divine!
12 Ah! not less vainly would the Muse pretend
13 On her weak lyre, to sing the native grace
14 And native goodness of a soul like thine!


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Title (in Source Edition): SONNET [37] XXXVII. Sent to the Hon. Mrs. O'Niell, with painted Flowers.
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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. 57. xix,[2],22-126,[2]p.,[5] leaves of plates: ill.; 15 cm. (12mo) (OTA N22357)

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