VERSES SENT BY LORD MELCOMBE TO DR. YOUNG, NOT LONG BEFORE HIS LORDSHIP'S DEATH.
1 KIND companion of my youth,
2 Lov'd for genius, worth, and truth!
3 Take what friendship can impart,
4 Tribute of a feeling heart;
5 Take the muse's latest spark,
6 Ere we drop into the dark.
7 He, who parts and virtue gave,
8 Bade thee look beyond the grave:
9 Genius soars, and virtue guides,
10 Where the love of God presides.
11 There's a gulph 'twixt us and God;
12 Let the gloomy path be trod:
13 Why stand shivering on the shore;
14 Why not boldly venture o'er;
15 Where unerring virtue guides
16 Let us brave the winds and tides:
17 Safe, thro' seas of doubts and fears,
18 Rides the bark which virtue steers.
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Title (in Source Edition): VERSES SENT BY LORD MELCOMBE TO DR. YOUNG, NOT LONG BEFORE HIS LORDSHIP'S DEATH.
Themes: friendship; death
References: DMI 30382
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Pearch, G. A collection of poems in four volumes. By several hands. Vol. I. [The second edition]. London: printed for G. Pearch, 1770, p. 311. 4v. ; 8⁰. (ESTC T116245; DMI 1122; OTA K093079.001) (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian Library [(OC) 280 o.788].)
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