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To a Desponding Friend.

1 REpine not, pensive Friend, to meet
2 A Thorn and Sting in ev'ry Sweet;
3 Think it not yours or my hard Fate,
4 But the fixt Lot of Humane State.
5 Since then this Portion is Assign'd,
6 By the great Patron of Mankind,
7 (Though nere so darkly Understood)
8 We shou'd presume the Method Good.
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9 Heav'n do's its tendrest Care express
10 Conducting through a Wilderness,
11 Lest Sluggards we shou'd Take our Stand
12 And stop short of the Promis'd Land.


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Title (in Source Edition): To a Desponding Friend.
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. 118-119. [15],133p. (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian Library [Harding C 2953].)

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