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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. III. The Eighteenth Century: Addison to Blake
Sonnet on the Death of Mr. Richard West
By Thomas Gray (1716–1771)
IN vain to me the smiling mornings shine,
  And reddening Phœbus lifts his golden fire:
The birds in vain their amorous descant join;
  Or cheerful fields resume their green attire:
These ears, alas! for other notes repine;        5
  A different object do these eyes require:
My lonely anguish melts no heart but mine;
  And in my breast the imperfect joys expire.
Yet morning smiles the busy race to cheer,
  And new-born pleasure brings to happier men:        10
The fields to all their wonted tribute bear:
  To warm their little loves the birds complain:
I fruitless mourn to him that cannot hear,
  And weep the more, because I weep in vain.

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