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The Parting.

1 HEre do I fix my Foot, and Farewell Love!
2 I will no further move.
3 When first in Errour's Misty Night
4 I lost my self, and rov'd about,
5 This Ignis-fatuus found me out,
6 Before me rol'd with Wanton Play,
7 And beg'd to bring me on my Way.
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8 Rashly I follow'd the seducing Fire
9 Through briny Floods of Tears,
10 Mongst Thorny Iealousies and Fears,
11 O're Praecipices of Despair,
12 And where no Passage did appear,
13 Oft have I forc't a Path, but now I Tire.
14 What Glympse was that which struck my Eye
15 From yonder Skie?
16 Welcome bright Harbinger of Day;
17 By thee I know the Sun is on his way.
18 What Desert's this? Alas! I fear I'm Stray'd,
19 And after all my Toil and Fright
20 In this Tempestuous Night,
21 By my Officious Guide Betray'd.
22 Oh! when shall I arrive at the Abode
23 Of Happy Souls (since they that earliest strive
24 To reach that Stage, are late e're they Arrive)
25 I, who am Cumbred with so vast a Load
26 Of Vain Desires, and have alas!
27 So many a weary step to pass
28 Ere I redress my Stray's, & get into the Road.

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Title (in Source Edition): The Parting.
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, pp. 55-56. [15],133p. (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian Library [Harding C 2953].)

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