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1 LOrd! if one distant glimpse of thee
2 Thus elevate the Soul,
3 In what a heighth of Extasie
4 Do those bless'd Spirits roll,
5 Who by a fixt eternal View
6 Drink in immortal Raies;
7 To whom unveiled thou dost shew
8 Thy Smiles without Allays?
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9 An Object which if mortal Eyes.
10 Cou'd make approaches to,
11 They'd soon esteem their best-lov'd Toys
12 Not worth one scornfull View.
13 How then, beneath its load of Flesh
14 Wou'd the vex'd Soul complain!
15 And how the Friendly Hand she'd bless
16 Wou'd break her hated Chain!


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Title (in Source Edition): The RAPTURE.
Themes: vanity of life
Genres: epigram

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Rowe, Elizabeth Singer, 1674-1737. Poems on several occasions. Written by Philomela. London: Printed for John Dunton at the Raven in Jewen-street, 1696, pp. 35-36. [24],72,69,[11]p.; 8⁰ (ESTC R7317; OTA A57734)

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