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1 SWEET Linnet, who from off the laurel spray
2 That hangs o'er Spenser's ever-sacred tomb,
3 Pour'st out such notes, as strike the Woodlark dumb,
4 And vie with Philomel's inchanting lay,
5 How shall my verse thy melody repay?
6 If my weak voice could reach the age to come,
7 Like Colin Clout's, thy name should ever bloom
8 Thro' future times, unconscious of decay:
9 But such frail aid thy merits not require,
10 Thee Polyhymnia, in the roseate bowers
11 Of high Parnassus, 'midst the vocal throng,
12 Shall glad receive, and to her tuneful fire
13 Present; where, crown'd with amaranthine flowers,
14 The raptur'd choir shall listen to thy song.


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Title (in Source Edition): SONNET. TO MISS H. M.
Themes: animals; music
Genres: sonnet; Italian (Petrarchan) sonnet
References: DMI 32624

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Pearch, G. A collection of poems in four volumes. By several hands. Vol. IV. [The second edition]. London: printed for G. Pearch, 1770, p. 50. 4v. ; 8⁰. (ESTC T116245; DMI 1137; OTA K093079.004) (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian Library [(OC) 280 o.791].)

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