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Sick of Love.

Solom. Song, i. 3.

1 TELL me thou Fairest of thy Kind,
2 My Love, my All-Divine,
3 Where may this fainting Head reclin'd
4 Relieve such Cares as mine?
5 Ye Shepheards, Lead me to your Grove:
6 If burning Noon Infect the Sky,
7 The Sick'ning Sheep to Coverts fly,
8 The Sheep not half so Scorch't as I
9 Thus Languishing in Love.
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10 Stretch't on the Flowry Shades along
11 There would I tune my Tender Song,
12 And drop a Melting Tear;
13 Musick has wondrous Charms they say,
14 Musick can raging Heats allay,
15 And Tame the wildest Care.
16 Begin my Song the Soothing Strain;
17 But the dear Flame is Charming Sweet,
18 I would not cool the Passion yet,
19 Nor can I bear the pain.
20 Strangely I'm Rack't in wide Extreams,
21 I burn, I burn, I burn, and yet I Love the Flames.
22 Oh why should Beauty Heavenly Bright
23 Stoop down to Charm a Mortals Sight,
24 And Torture with the Sweet excess of Light?
25 Our Hearts, alas! how frail their make!
26 With their own weight of Joy they break,
27 Oh why is Love so strong, and Natures self so weak?
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28 Dear Lord, forgive my rash Complaint,
29 And Love me still,
30 Against my froward Will,
31 Unvail thy Beauties tho' I faint.
32 Send the great Herald from the Sky,
33 And at the Trumpets awful roar
34 This feeble state of things shall fly,
35 And Pain and Pleasure mix no more.
36 Then I shall gaze with Strengthen'd Sight
37 On Glories Infinitely bright,
38 My Heart shall all be Love, my Jesus all Delight.


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Title (in Source Edition): Sick of Love. Solom. Song, i. 3.
Author: Isaac Watts
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Watts, Isaac, 1674-1748. Horæ lyricæ: Poems, chiefly of the lyric kind. In two books. ... By I. Watts. London: Printed by S. and D. Bridge, for John Lawrence at the Sign of the Angel in the Poultrey. MDCCVI., 1706, pp. 86-88. [20],267,[1]p.; 8⁰. (ESTC T82397; OTA K067329.000) (Page images digitized from a copy in the Princeton Theological Seminary Library.)

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