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S T A N Z A S

ON THE

S A ME OCCASIO N...

WHY am I loth to leave this earthly scene!

Have I so found it full of pleasing charms ? Some drops of joy with draughts of ill be

tween :

Some gleams of sunshine mid renewing

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Is it departing pangs my soul alarms ?

Or Death's unlovely, dreary, dark abode?
For guilt, for guilt, my terrors are in arms;

I tremble to approach an angry God,
And justly smart beneath his tin-avenging rod.

Fain would I say, 'Forgive my foul offence !!

Fain promise never more to disobey ;
But, should my Author health again dispense,

Again I might desert fair Virtue's way;
Again in Folly's path might go aftray ;

Again exalt the brute and fink the man; Then how should I for Heav'nly Mercy pray, Who act fo counter Heav'nly Mercy's

plan? Who fin fo oft have mourn'd, yet to tempta

tion ran?

O Thou, Great Governor of all below!

If I may dare a lifted eye to thee,

Thy

Thy nod can make the tempest cease to blow,

Or still the tumult of the raging sea : With that controuling pow'r afsift ev'n me,

Those headlong, furious passions to confine ; For all unfit I feel my powers to be,

To rule their torrent in th' allowed line; O, aid me with Thy help, Omnipotence Divine!

Lying

Lying at a Reverend Friend's bouse one night,

the Author left the following Verses in the room wbere be septi

1.

O Thou dread Pow'r, who reign's above :

I know Thou wilt me hear:

When for this scene of peace and love,

I make my pray'r fincere.

II.

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The hoary Sire—the mortal stroke,

Long, long, be pleas’d to spare ; To bless his little filial flock,

And show what good men are.

III.

She, who her lovely Offspring eyes

With tender hopes and fears,
O bless her with a Mother's joys,

But spare a Mother's tears !

IV.

Their hope, their stay, their darling youth,

In manhood's dawning blush ;

Bless

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