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1 THO' from the feeling heart be kindred torn,
2 And early friends, by chance or change, it mourn;
3 While it inhabits in this middle sphere,
4 Where good and ill for ever mix'd appear.
5 Not for itself, alone, it can survive;
6 Supporting and supported it would live;
7 Feel its best joys in soothing others woes,
8 And would its own in some kind breast repose;
9 Native affections still around it play,
10 And fondly bind it to its fellow-clay.
11 Best bliss of life, if joy they can diffuse,
12 And that seems dearest which we fear to lose.
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13 Ah! be no parting tye more mourn'd by me,
14 Nor I, Eliza, doom'd to grieve for thee.
15 May health return, and still thy friendship bless;
16 And none who love me, leave me in my race.
17 Denied by distance to my anxious sight,
18 I cannot cheer thy day, and watch thy night.
19 Denied the tender cares, by friendship taught,
20 I cannot give the salutary draught:
21 And anxious hopes, and fears, and prayers are mine,
22 Till cheerful days, and health again be thine.


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Title (in Source Edition): TO A SICK FRIEND.
Author: Eliza Day
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Daye, Eliza, b. ca. 1734. Poems, on Various Subjects. Liverpool: Printed by J. M'Creery, 1798, pp. [204]-205. [2],x,[4],258p.; 8° (ESTC T132359) (Page images digitized by University of California Libraries.)

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