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SONNET [54] LIV. The sleeping Woodman. Written in April, 1790.

1 YE copses wild, where April bids arise
2 The vernal grasses, and the early flow'rs;
3 My soul depress'd from human converse flies
4 To the lone shelter of your pathless bow'rs.
5 Lo! where the Woodman, with his toil oppress'd,
6 His careless head, on bark and moss reclin'd,
7 Lull'd by the song of birds, the murm'ring wind,
8 Has sunk to calm, tho' momentary, rest.
9 Ah! would 'twere mine in Spring's green lap to find
10 Such transient respite from the ills I bear!
11 Would I could taste, like this unthinking hind,
12 A sweet forgetfulness of human care,

LINE 12. A sweet forgetfulness of human care. Pope.

13 'Till the last sleep these weary eyes shall close,
14 And Death receive me to his long repose.


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Title (in Source Edition): SONNET [54] LIV. The sleeping Woodman. Written in April, 1790.
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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. 74. xix,[2],22-126,[2]p.,[5] leaves of plates: ill.; 15 cm. (12mo) (OTA N22357)

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