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1 WHEN glowing Phoebus quits the weeping earth,
2 What splendid visions rise upon the sight!
3 Fancy, with transient charms and colours bright,
4 To changing forms in Heaven's gay scene gives birth:
5 But soon the melting beauties disappear,
6 And fade like those which in life's early bloom
7 Hope bade me prize; and the approaching gloom,
8 These tints of sadness, and these shades of fear,
9 Resemble most that melancholy hour
10 Which, with a silent and resistless power,
11 Shrouded my joy's bright beam in shadowy night:
12 Till Memory marks each scene which once shone gay;
13 As the dark plains, beneath the Moon's soft light,
14 Again revealed, reflect a mellowing ray.


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Title (in Source Edition): Sonnet.
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Tighe, Mary, 1772-1810. Psyche, With Other Poems. London: Printed for LONGMAN, HURST, REES, ORME, AND BROWN, PATERNOSTER-ROW, 1811, p. 221. 314p. (Page images digitized from a copy at University of California Libraries.)

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