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EPITAPH.

1 NO Tomb alas! A distant plain thy grave,
2 A fate, Carstairs too common to the brave.
3 O Indian, stop! this sacred field not tread;
4 Or learn each virtue that adorn'd the dead.
5 Whate'er a friend, a brother, son, could claim;
6 All that was gen'rous he deserv'd the name;
7 Tho' adverse fate! too oft attacks the best.
8 In change reverse his mind sustain'd the test,
9 Not proud to show, or fawn on Fortune's smiles.
10 A spirit gentle, far above all wiles.
11 His merit justly claims the greenest bays.
12 By love transmitted in much sweeter lays.

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    Carstairs, Christian. Original Poems. By a Lady, Dedicated to Miss Ann Henderson. A Tribute to Gratitude and Friendships. Edinburgh: Andrew Shortrede, 1786, p. 29.  (ESTC T76883) (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian [Harding C 680].)

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