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SONNET [55] LV. The Return of the Nightingale. Written in May, 1791.

1 BORNE on the warm wing of the western gale,
2 How tremulously low is heard to float,
3 Thro' the green budding thorns that fringe the vale,
4 The early Nightingale's prelusive note.
5 'Tis Hope's instinctive pow'r that, thro' the grove,
6 Tells how benignant Heav'n revives the earth;
7 'Tis the soft voice of young and timid love
8 That calls these melting sounds of sweetness forth.
9 With transport, once, sweet bird! I hail'd thy lay,
10 And bade thee welome to our shades again,
11 To charm the wand'ring poet's pensive way,
12 And soothe the solitary lover's pain;
13 But now! such evils in my lot combine,
14 As shut my languid sense, to Hope's dear voice and thine.


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Title (in Source Edition): SONNET [55] LV. The Return of the Nightingale. Written in May, 1791.
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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. 75. xix,[2],22-126,[2]p.,[5] leaves of plates: ill.; 15 cm. (12mo) (OTA N22357)

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