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Samuel Kettell, ed.  Specimens of American Poetry.  1829.
 
Sonnet Vindicatory
By William Croswell
 
NUNS fret not at their Convent’s narrow room;
  And Hermits are contented with their cells;
  And Students with their pensive citadels;
Maids at the wheel, the Weaver at his loom,
Sit blithe and happy; Bees that soar for bloom,        5
  High as the highest peak of Furness Fells,
  Will murmur by the hour in fox-glove bells.
In truth the prison unto which we doom
  Ourselves, no prison is; and hence to me,
In sundry moods, ’t was pastime to be bound        10
Within the sonnet’s scanty plot of ground;
  Pleased if some souls (for such there needs must be)
  Who ’ve felt the weight of too much liberty,
Should find short solace there, as I have found.
 
 
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