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1 FAR from hope, and lost to pleasure,
2 Haste away to war's alarms!
3 Sad I leave my soul's dear treasure
4 For the dismal din of arms.
5 But, ah! for thee, I follow glory,
6 To gain thy love I dare to die;
7 And when my comrades tell my story,
8 Thou shalt lament me with a sigh.
9 All my griefs will then be over,
10 Sunk in death's eternal rest;
11 You may regret a faithful lover,
12 Though you refuse to make him bless'd.
13 Bestow a tear of kind compassion
14 To grace a hapless soldier's tomb;
15 And, ah! forgive a fatal passion,
16 Which reason could not overcome.


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Title (in Source Edition): THE FAREWELL, A SONG.
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Hunter, Anne Home (Mrs. John), 1742-1821. Poems, by Mrs. John Hunter. London: Printed for T. Payne, Mews Gate, by T. Bensley, Bolt Court, Fleet Street, 1802, p. 95.  (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian Library [280 e.4058].)

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