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SONNET [47] XLVII. To Fancy.

1 THEE, Queen of Shadows! shall I still invoke,
2 Still love the scenes thy sportive pencil drew,
3 When on mine eyes the early radiance broke
4 Which shew'd the beauteous, rather than the true!
5 Alas! long since, those glowing tints are dead,
6 And now 'tis thine in darkest hues to dress
7 The spot where pale Experience hangs her head
8 O'er the sad grave of murder'd Happiness!
9 Thro' thy false medium then, no longer view'd,
10 May fancied pain and fancied pleasure fly,
11 And I, as from me all thy dreams depart
12 Be to my wayward destiny subdu'd;
13 Nor seek perfection with a poet's eye,
14 Nor suffer anguish with a poet's heart!


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

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