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1 COME mortals, enliven the hour that is lent,
2 Nor cloud with false fear the sunshine of to-day;
3 The ills that hang o'er us what sighs can prevent,
4 Or waft from the eye one moist sorrow away?
5 Though we see from afar, as he travels life's road,
6 Old time mowing down both the shrub and the flower,
7 Soon or late, we all know, he must sweep our abode,
8 But why damp our mirth by inquiring the hour?
9 In the span that's allotted then crowd every joy;
10 Let the goblet run high if in dreams you delight;
11 Though wine to true pleasure is oft an alloy,
12 And sober reflection grows sick at the sight.
13 Disguis'd are our pleasures, as well as our woes;
14 On their choice must depend half the turn of our fate;
15 With the tint of the mind every circumstance glows,
16 And gives to life's trifles their colour and weight.


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Title (in Source Edition): COME, MORTALS, ENLIVEN THE HOUR.
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Blamire, Susanna, 1747-1794. The Poetical Works of Miss Susanna Blamire “The muse of Cumberland.” Now for the first time collected by Henry Lonsdale, M.D. with a preface, memoir, and notes by Patrick Maxwell, ... Edinburgh: John Menzies, 61 Princes Street; R. Tyas, London; D. Robertson, Glasgow; and C. Thurnam, Carlisle. MDCCCXLII., 1842, p. 186.  (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian Library [42.256].)

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