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1 TILL life shall cease t' inform this mould'ring clay,
2 The soft affections round my heart will play;
3 Still must I feel, for so the Fates ordain,
4 Nor can one adverse blast be spent in vain;
5 But hope, e'en now, would shew me brighter hours,
6 Inventive fancy deck her chosen bowers;
7 Beneath the sky prepare some clime serene,
8 And bid each gentle virtue guard the scene;
9 There tender friendship's animating ray,
10 Without one selfish passion's base allay;
11 And health, and peace, and genius she bestows,
12 And all the fairyland with pleasure glows;
13 The Muses, Loves, and Graces, sport around,
14 No pain or sorrow treads the hallow'd ground;
15 Delusion all reason denies her aid,
16 Touches the landscape, and its beauties fade,
17 Thus spoke the tongue where earth too deeply charm'd,
18 Thus felt the heart by strong affections warm'd;
19 Let earth for brighter prospects be resign'd,
20 And firmer hope bestow a calmer mind.


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Title (in Source Edition): TO — — —.
Author: Eliza Day
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Daye, Eliza, b. ca. 1734. Poems, on Various Subjects. Liverpool: Printed by J. M'Creery, 1798, p. [94]. [2],x,[4],258p.; 8° (ESTC T132359) (Page images digitized by University of California Libraries.)

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