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SONNET [38] XXXVIII. From the Novel of Emmeline.

1 WHEN welcome slumber sets my spirit free,
2 Forth to fictitious happiness it flies,
3 And where Elysian bow'rs of bliss arise
4 I seem, my Emmeline to meet with thee!
5 Ah! Fancy then, dissolving human ties,
6 Gives me the wishes of my soul to see;
7 Tears of fond pity fill thy soften'd eyes;
8 In heav'nly harmony our hearts agree.
9 Alas! these joys are mine in dreams alone,
10 When cruel Reason abdicates her throne!
11 Her harsh return condemns me to complain
12 Thro' life unpitied, unreliev'd, unknown.
13 And as the dear delusions leave my brain,
14 She bids the truth recur with aggravated pain.


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Title (in Source Edition): SONNET [38] XXXVIII. From the Novel of Emmeline.
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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. 58. xix,[2],22-126,[2]p.,[5] leaves of plates: ill.; 15 cm. (12mo) (OTA N22357)

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