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A REFLECTION on the foregoing ODE.

1 AND is this all? Can reason do no more
2 Than bid me shun the deep and dread the shore?
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3 Sweet moralist! afloat on life's rough sea
4 The christian has an art unknown to thee;
5 He holds no parley with unmanly sears,
6 Where duty bids he confidently steers,
7 Faces a thousand dangers at her call,
8 And trusting in his God, surmounts them all.


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Title (in Source Edition): A REFLECTION on the foregoing ODE.
Themes: God; virtue
Genres: heroic couplet

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Cowper, William, 1731-1800. Poems: by William Cowper, of the Inner Temple, Esq. London: printed for J. Johnson, 1782, pp. 334-335. [4],367,[1]p. ; 8⁰. (ESTC T14895; OTA K027775.000) (Page images digitized by the University of California Libraries.)

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