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1 WHEN night's dark mantle veil'd the seas,
2 And nature's self was hush'd to sleep,
3 When gently blew the midnight breeze,
4 Louisa sought the boundless deep.
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5 On the lone beach, in wild despair,
6 She sat recluse from soft repose,
7 Her artless sorrows rent the air,
8 So sad were fair Louisa's woes.
9 Three years she nurs'd the pleasing thought
10 Her love, her Henry would return;
11 But ah! the fatal news were brought,
12 The sea was made his watery urn.
13 Sweet maids, who know the power of love,
14 Ye best can tell what she must feel,
15 Who 'gainst each adverse fortune strove
16 The tender passion to conceal!
17 The lovely maid, absorb'd in grief,
18 While madness ran through every vein,
19 Poor mourner! sought from death relief,
20 And frantic plung'd into the main.
21 The heavens with pity saw the deed
22 The debt the fair one paid to love,
23 And bade the angel-guard proceed,
24 To bear Louisa's soul above.


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Title (in Source Edition): WHEN NIGHT'S DARK MANTLE.
Genres: song

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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, pp. 251-252.  (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian Library [42.256].)

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