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1 "TRANQUILLITY, celestial maid,
2 " Why hast thou fled my troubled breast?
3 "Vainly must I implore thine aid,
4 " And only hope in death for rest?
5 "I once was thy peculiar care,
6 " In infancy, and early youth:
7 "The victim now of blank Despair,
8 " I see thy smiles were void of truth.
9 "Only to sharpen Sorrow's dart,
10 " Deceitful friend, you smil'd on me:
11 "But, since you scorn my proffer'd heart,
12 " That heart no more shall plead to thee.
13 "But I'll invoke thee, gentle Death!
14 " Thou, certain cure for every pain,
15 "Shalt tell me at my latest breath,
16 " Our sorrows as our joys are vain.
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17 "Come, then, kind soother of my woes,
18 " Prepare for me the welcome grave:
19 "On its cold lap I'll find repose,
20 " Which living I can never have. "
21 Thus mourn'd Semira, hapless fair,
22 By Disappointment's stings opprest:
23 The pitying Power receiv'd her prayer,
24 And life forsook her woe-worn breast.


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Title (in Source Edition): Semira.
Genres: narrative verse

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Manners, Catherine Rebecca, Lady, 1766 or 1767-1852. Poems by Lady Manners. Second edition. London: John Bell, 1793, pp. [76]-77. 126p. (ESTC T173070)

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