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1 IN this suspence, a thousand bear a part,
2 With hopes and fears alternate to their heart;
3 With equal mind wait thy uncertain fate,
4 Whate'er's pronounc'd, yet still thou may'st be great,
5 If wealth and honour are decreed thy name,
6 Let no resentment be thy future aim.
7 Nor if!
8 Avert the thought and in the doubtful hour,
9 Be justice guarded by some heavenly power;
10 Be D still and let thy spirit show
11 Thou art thyself, howe'er this contest go.

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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. 61.  (ESTC T76883) (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian [Harding C 680].)

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