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SONNET TO CHARLOTTE M--, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Thou art but in life's morning, and as yet
Last Line: And thou wilt find the world no vale of tears.
Alternate Author Name(s): Quaker Poet
Subject(s): Life


THOU art but in life's morning, and as yet
The world looks witchingly: its fruits and flowers
Are fair and fragrant, and its beauteous bowers
Seem haunts of happiness, before thee set,
All lovely as a landscape freshly wet
With dew, or bright with sunshine after showers;
Where pleasure dwells, and Flora's magic powers
Woo thee to pluck joy's peerless coronet.
Thus be it ever: wouldst thou have it so,
Preserve thy present openness of heart;
Cherish those generous feelings which now start
At base dissimulation, and that glow
Of native love for ties which home endears,
And thou wilt find the world no vale of tears.





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