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1 BENEATH yon flowery turf, the fairest head,
2 E'er slept on Earth's cold bosom, lies asleep.
3 O Earth! enwrap her soft; and o'er her dust
4 Let every Grace and every Virtue weep.
5 The Morn, as o'er the misty plain she treads,
6 Shall sprinkle on the sod her pearly tears,
7 And o'er her grave shall Eve delight to muse,
8 While airy dirges sooth her listening ears.
9 Oft the blue nightly taper's studious flame
10 Shall weeping Fancy leave, and thro' the gloom
11 Steal a sad visitant to pour her plaints,
12 And bend her pensive head o'er LAURA's tomb.
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13 Here shall she see, the same due rites to pay,
14 With silent pace, in sable weeds array'd,
15 Eye-streaming Sorrow, and deep-sighing Love,
16 With trailing torch, advance along the shade,
17 The Muses come, and scatter wreaths around,
18 Weav'd by the fingers of the infant Year;
19 Remembrance comes, and hence departing loth,
20 Oft turns the wishful look, and drops a tear.


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Title (in Source Edition): ON LAURA's GRAVE.
Author: Anonymous
Themes: death
Genres: elegy
References: DMI 32612

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Pearch, G. A collection of poems in four volumes. By several hands. Vol. III. [The second edition]. London: printed for G. Pearch, 1770, pp. 288-289. 4v. ; 8⁰. (ESTC T116245; DMI 1136; OTA K093079.003) (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian Library [(OC) 280 o.790].)

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