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[Written to a Hindoo Air, and published by Mr. Biggs.]

1 ASK not, whence springs my ceaseless sadness,
2 But let me still the secret keep:
3 Ask not, why thus in restless madness
4 Pass the long hours once given to sleep:
5 And strive not thus my looks to read: ....
6 For 't is by certain fate decreed,
7 The cause that bids me rove forlorn,
8 If known, would only move thy scorn,
9 And make with anger's lightnings shine
10 Those now soft-smiling eyes of thine.
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11 But know, when I no more behold thee,
12 And to distant scenes remove;
13 Should e'er a mournful tale be told thee,
14 Of a youth who died for love,
15 Who, though unknown to rank and fame,
16 Dared to admire a high-born dame;
17 But, still averse to wound her pride,
18 Sad silence kept, and pined, and died: ....
19 My likeness in that victim see,
20 And pitying him thou'lt pity me.


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Title (in Source Edition): SONG.
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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. [176]-177.  (Page images digitized by Library of Congress Research Institute.)

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