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SONNET [58] LVIII. The Glow Worm.

1 WHEN, on some balmy breathing night of Spring,
2 The happy child, to whom the world is new,
3 Pursues the evening moth, of mealy wing,
4 Or from the heathbell beats the sparkling dew;
5 He sees before his inexperienc'd eyes,
6 The brilliant Glow Worm, like a meteor, shine
7 On the turf bank; amaz'd and pleas'd he cries
8 'Star of the dewy grass! I make thee mine!'.

LINE 8. Star of the earth. Dr. Darwin.

9 Then, ere he sleep, collects 'the moisten'd' flow'r,

LINE 9. The moisten'd blade Wolcet's beautiful Ode to the Glow Worm.

10 And bids soft leaves his glittering prize enfold,
11 And dreams that fairy lamps illume his bow'r:
12 Yet with the morning, shudders to behold
13 His lucid treasure, rayless as the dust;
14 So turn the world's bright joys, to cold and blank disgust.


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Title (in Source Edition): SONNET [58] LVIII. The Glow Worm.
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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. 78. xix,[2],22-126,[2]p.,[5] leaves of plates: ill.; 15 cm. (12mo) (OTA N22357)

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