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The Ingrates.

1 DUll Mortals with the same prepost'rous breath
2 We bless Love's Darts, and Curse the shafts of Death.
3 The Author of our Ills, a God we stile;
4 But the Redresser of those wrongs Revile.
5 Yet gentle Death (tho rudely treated) still
6 Persists in generous Charity to Kill
7 And Cure th'Ingrateful ev'n against their Will!
8 Ah should he once in just Resentment give
9 Our Wishes, and permit us ever Live,
10 What shou'd we do when Soul and Body jar
11 And Loath each other like an Ill-wed Pair?
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12 Can envious Fiends a Penalty invent
13 That shall than Loath'd Embraces more Torment?
14 But friendly Death absolves us from this Curse,
15 And when the Parties clash, makes a Divorce.


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Title (in Source Edition): The Ingrates.
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. 79-80. [15],133p. (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian Library [Harding C 2953].)

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