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The Reflection.

1 WHere gilde my thoughts, rash inclinations stay,
2 And let me think what 'tis you fool away,
3 Stay ere it be to late, yet stay and take,
4 A short review of the great prize at stake.
5 Oh! stupid folly 'tis eternal Joy,
6 That I'm about to barter for a toy;
7 It is my God oh dreadful hazard where,
8 Shall I again the boundless loss repair!
9 It is my Soul a Soul that cost the blood,
10 And painful agonies of an humbled God,
11 Oh blest occasion made me stay to think,
12 Ere I was hurri'd off the dangerous brink,
13 Should I have took the charming venom in,
14 And cop'd with all these terrors for a sin,
15 How equal had my condemnation been?


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Title (in Source Edition): The Reflection.
Themes: virtue; vice
Genres: heroic couplet; 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, p. 43. [24],72,69,[11]p.; 8⁰ (ESTC R7317; OTA A57734)

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