1 INGRATITUDE, — how deadly is thy smart,
2 Proceeding from the Form we fondly love!
3 How light, compar'd, all other sorrows prove!
4 Thou shed'st a night of woe, from whence depart
5 The gentle beams of patience, that the heart
6 'Mid lesser ills illume. — Thy Victims rove
7 Unquiet as the Ghost that haunts the grove
8 Where MURDER spilt the life-blood. — O! thy dart
9 Kills more than life, e'en all that makes it dear;
10 Till we the "sensible of pain" wou'd change
11 For Phrenzy, that defies the bitter tear,
12 Or wish, in kindred callousness, to range
13 Where moon-ey'd IDIOCY, with fallen lip,
14 Drags the loose knee, and intermitting step.
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