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LAURA:

OR

SONNETS

AND

ELEGIAC QUATUORZAINS.

"O bei Fiumi Britanni,

0 Aure, O Valli, O patrie Selve, O Campi! La congiunta Armonia, l' eletto suono

A Voi divoto io dono

(La santa fiamma al cor sempre m' avvampi) Udite, udite, nè l' amata lingua

Di bocca in bocca mai fra voi s' estingua.

MATHIAS.

VOL. V.

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OR

AN ANTHOLOGY OF SONNETS,

(ON THE PETRARCAN Model,)

AND

ELEGIAC QUATUORZAINS:

English, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese,
French, and German;

Original and translated;
Great part never before publisht.

WITH

A PREFACE,
Critical and Biographic;
NOTES, AND INDEX.

IN FIVE VOLUMES:

VOL. V.

BY CAPEL LOFFT.

LONDON:

Printed by R. & A. Taylor, Shoe-lane,

FOR B. AND R. CROSBY AND CO., STATIONERS' COURT,

LUDGATE STREET.

AND

QUATUORZAINS.

COLLIER.

THE GATE OF A CASTLED MONASTERY.

O, THOU, whom Fortune through Life's Vale of Tears
Shall to the Turrets of this Mansion bring,
Whate'er thy Sex, thy Station, or thy Years,
Let this shrill Bugle through the Confines ring.

2.

The Gates shall open with their massive Bars,
And food be minister'd by hands unseen;
Sleep shall attend to lull terrestrial Jars

And Dreams celestial wave their Wings serene,

3.

Enter, and fear not.-I, like thee, have known
The sigh to breathe, to curb the' indignant Groan;
A Friend to Virtue, and to Vice a Foe.

Here have I learnt with patience to endure
Those Ills which friendly Death alone can cure,

And Pity's pang to feel for human Woe.

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