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FALSEHOOD TRUTH

1 WITH cautious care, each virtue, trembling claim,
2 Perform each duty that can raise thy name.
3 Thy alms bestow, thy prayers in public pay,
4 Restrain thy tongue, each passion must obey.
5 Weep to a friend, the reigning sins lament,
6 And, pitying, hate a beauty that can paint.
7 Thy faith maintain with controverted strife,
8 Nor, panting, yield what ye've imbib'd with life.
9 All meek again so humble and so fair,
10 Sure so much goodness must be Heav'n's own care;
11 That breast, no gall, no wormwood ever knows,
12 Till enter beauty brighter than the rose,
13 No sly disguise her faults to cover o'er,
14 No mean applause the purport of her soul;
15 From higher views her mind benevolence shade,
16 The social virtues hand in hand are led.
17 Modest though knowing brightens on your hand,
18 And as she brightens, Envy cannot stand.
19 As night retires at break or dawn of light,
20 Let Falsehood vanish Truth shine out more bright.

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    Title (in Source Edition): FALSEHOOD — TRUTH
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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. 62.  (ESTC T76883) (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian [Harding C 680].)

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