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Wrote the week before my Father was to be informed of my Brother's death.

1 WHEN restless nights and grief return,
2 With anxious mind and sickness worn,
3 His silver hairs revere.
4 In anguish of a Father mourns,
5 My Son my son no more returns,
6 But left on distant plains.
7 When bow'd with age and trembling pale,
8 Around him wait nor prayers avail,
9 But stand in weeping eyes.
10 Thus storms do rend the wint'ry sky;
11 See roofs and trees before them fly,
12 Yet oft a ealm succeeds.
13 As mildest show'rs a calm invite,
14 In rest and peace his slumbers meet;
15 His guardian children by.
16 In gentle exercise the day,
17 And friends to charm the even away,
18 In piety and ease.

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    Title (in Source Edition): Wrote the week before my Father was to be informed of my Brother's death.
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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. 30.  (ESTC T76883) (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian [Harding C 680].)

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