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1 THERE was a time, poor phrensied maid,
2 When I could o'er thy grief have mourned,
3 And still with tears the tale repaid
4 Of sense by sorrow's sway o'erturned.
5 But now thy state my envy moves:
6 For thou art woe's unconscious prize;
7 Thy heart no sense of suffering proves,
8 No fruitless tears bedew thine eyes.
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9 Excess of sorrow, kind to thee,
10 At once destroyed thy reason's power;
11 But reason still remains to me,
12 And only bids me grieve the more.


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Title (in Source Edition): TO A MANIAC.
Genres: ballad metre; address

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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. [161]-162.  (Page images digitized by Library of Congress Research Institute.)

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