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ELEGIAC SONNET: 85, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: The fairest flowers are gone! For tempests fell
Last Line: Flattering the languid heart, where only reason reigns!
Alternate Author Name(s): Smith, Charlotte Turner
Subject(s): Flowers

The fairest flowers are gone! for tempests fell,
And with wild wing swept some unblown away,
While on the upland lawn or rocky dell
More faded in the day-star's ardent ray;
And scarce the copse, or hedge-row shade beneath,
Or by the runnel's grassy course, appear
Some lingering blossoms of the earlier year,
Mingling bright florets, in the yellow wreath
That Autumn with his poppies and his corn
Binds on his tawny temples[.] -- So the schemes
Rais'd by fond Hope in youth's unclouded morn,
While sanguine youth enjoys delusive dreams,
Experience withers; till scarce one remains
Flattering the languid heart, where only Reason reigns!

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