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The Request.

1 SO may you Spring, and so Heav'ns choisest Dew,
2 In Nightly-Show'rs, distill fair Plants on You;
3 As You on Me Your rankest Venom shed,
4 Whil'st at Your Feet I make My grassie Bed.
5 And Thou O Goddess (whose Obliging Womb
6 Affords the Living Food, the Dead a Tomb)
7 Permit Me ere I dye, to dig my Grave;
8 'Tis all My starv'd Ambition now will crave!
9 I Rob Thee not; for, tho My delving Spade
10 Dislodge thy Mould, yet there's no Trespass made:
11 For I the petty Damage shall Repay,
12 Filling the Vacant Ground with My own Clay.


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Title (in Source Edition): The Request.
Author: Nahum Tate

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Tate, Nahum, c. 1652-1715. Poems by N. Tate. London: Printed by T.M. for Benj. Tooke ..., 1677, p. 26. [15],133p. (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian Library [Harding C 2953].)

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