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1 WHERE heavenly precept bright example taught,
2 And truths divine, a clear conviction wrought;
3 Aided by that persuasive eloquence,
4 The charm of language, and the force of sense.
5 When death has silenc'd that instructive speech,
6 Nor more that tongue important truths shall teach;
7 While memory's darling records she can trace,
8 In characters no time or change erase.
9 The muse her mournful tribute humbly pays,
10 For ever true to friends of former days:
11 Returning health seem'd lighting up his eye,
12 And rais'd his drooping friends to transient joy;
13 When, in behalf of injur'd Afric's claim,
14 To fair humanity he gave his name.
15 'If this, the latest act from me requir'd,
16 'The last is good, 'he said, and he expir'd.
17 So set the Christian, so his glories rise,
18 As summers suns descend in azure skies.


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Title (in Source Edition): TO THE MEMORY OF THE LATE REV. C — — R — —.
Author: Eliza Day
Genres: elegy

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Daye, Eliza, b. ca. 1734. Poems, on Various Subjects. Liverpool: Printed by J. M'Creery, 1798, p. [53]. [2],x,[4],258p.; 8° (ESTC T132359) (Page images digitized by University of California Libraries.)

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