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SONNETS

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          DESPONDING Father! mark this altered bough,
          So beautiful of late, with sunshine warmed,
          Or moist with dews; what more unsightly now,
          Its blossoms shrivelled, and its fruit, if formed,
          Invisible? yet Spring her genial brow
          Knits not o'er that discolouring and decay
          As false to expectation. Nor fret thou
          At like unlovely process in the May
          Of human life: a Stripling's graces blow,
          Fade and are shed, that from their timely fall              10
          (Misdeem it not a cankerous change) may grow
          Rich mellow bearings, that for thanks shall call:
          In all men, sinful is it to be slow
          To hope--in Parents, sinful above all.
                                                              1835.


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