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[Written to a Russian Air.]

1 HOW I hail this morn's appearing!
2 It will thee, my love, restore:
3 Safety danger past endearing,
4 Sure we meet to part no more!
5 Fame is thine, lo! crowds aver it,
6 And her smile is dear to thee;
7 But I charge thee, don't prefer it
8 E'er again to home and me.
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9 Thou, thy country's call obeying,
10 Hast her battles nobly fought;
11 And, thy ready zeal repaying,
12 See, she gives the laurels sought.
13 But have I no claims, my rover?
14 Claims as fondly dear to thee?
15 Yes, O yes! and, wandering over,
16 Thou wilt rest with love and me.
17 Ha! methinks, thy glances reading,
18 From thine eyes my fate I know;
19 Duty still love's claim impeding,
20 Thou again must seek the foe.
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21 Of my fears too dread revival!
22 Yet, with tearful joy I see,
23 Duty is the only rival
24 Potent over love and me.


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Title (in Source Edition): TO HENRY.
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Opie, Amelia Alderson, 1769-1853. The Warrior's Return, and Other Poems. By Mrs. Opie. 2d. ed. London: Printed for Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme, Paternoster-row, 1808, pp. [117]-119.  (Page images digitized by Library of Congress Research Institute.)

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