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1 THE unhappy exile, whom his fates confine
2 To the bleak coast of some unfriendly isle,
3 Cold, barren, desert, where no harvests smile,
4 But thirst and hunger on the rocks repine;
5 When, from some promontory's fearful brow,
6 Sun after sun he hopeless sees decline
7 In the broad shipless sea perhaps may know
8 Such heartless pain, such blank despair as mine;
9 And, if a flatt'ring cloud appears to show
10 The fancied semblance of a distant sail,
11 Then melts away anew his spirits fail,
12 While the lost hope but aggravates his woe!
13 Ah! so for me delusive Fancy toils,
14 Then, from contrasted truth my feeble soul recoils.


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Title (in Source Edition): SONNET [43] XLIII.
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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. 63. xix,[2],22-126,[2]p.,[5] leaves of plates: ill.; 15 cm. (12mo) (OTA N22357)

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