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The Confinement.

1 OFt had I form'd Ideas of Content,
2 But by Experience knew not what it meant.
3 At length I strove to Counter-plot my Stars,
4 And free my Soul by Stratagem from Cares.
5 In a cool Jess'mine shade my Lute I strung,
6 Where with divertive Aires I play'd and Sung;
7 The grateful Sounds compos'd my Cares to sleep,
8 Which o're me now no Watch appear'd to keep.
9 Thrice blest (said I) this long expected Hour,
10 That frees me from my cruel Goalers Pow'r.
11 I fled; but soon was by my jealous Guard
12 Pursu'd, o're-tane, and laid again in Ward.
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13 Yet ev'n this Disappointment I cou'd bear,
14 Had Fate set bounds to my Misfortunes Here;
15 But since my Attempt t'escape I suffer more,
16 Than in my Hardest Bondage heretofore!
17 Like a Designing Captive now I'm us'd,
18 A Pris'ners Common Curtesies refus'd;
19 Prest with more Chains, aw'd by a stricter Guard,
20 From Sleep (the vilest Slaves Relief) debarr'd.


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Title (in Source Edition): The Confinement.
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. 87-88. [15],133p. (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian Library [Harding C 2953].)

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