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The Voyagers.

1 WHilst Stemming Life's uncertain Tide,
2 Tost on the Waves of Doubts and Fears,
3 If to frail Reason's Conduct we Confide
4 We strive in vain
5 The happy Port to gain,
6 For oft as Clouded Reason disappears
7 We cannot fail to Rove afarr
8 Mistaking each false Meteor for our Starr.
9 How dismall are the Perills we engage
10 When (grown t'a Hurricane)
11 Our boist'rous Passions Rouze the sleeping Main?
12 But ah! how Few have perisht by the Rage
13 Of Storms, if numbred with the dayly Throng
14 Whom Syren Pleasures as they fail along
15 Seduce to the dead shore,
16 Where They saw others wreckt before,
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17 Yet still pursue though certain to be Lost;
18 For if from their cleft Boat they climb the Coast
19 They fall into the treach'rous Syrens Pow'r
20 Who Entertain them first, and then Devour.


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Title (in Source Edition): The Voyagers.
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. 114-115. [15],133p. (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian Library [Harding C 2953].)

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