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On reading Pope's Eloiza to Abelard.

1 Sure, hapless Fair, no hearts can ever know,
2 But banish'd lovers, banish'd lovers' woe!
3 Ah! Eloiza, ever exil'd maid,
4 I read thy sorrows, sorrowing as I read:
5 My sympathetic heart now shares thy grief,
6 Repeats thy sighs, and wishes thy relief:
7 But when I hear thee unrelenting boast
8 Thy tainted virtue, and thy honour lost,
9 All sense of pity in my bosom dies,
10 And direful tumults of reproaches rise:
11 No passions soft, or sadly-pleasing pain,
12 But rage and madness in thy bosom reign;
13 Ah! must thy Abelard exalted be,
14 Above the Maker of himself and thee!
15 And darest thou thus explode the wedded dame,
16 Disclaim her virtues, and disdain her same:
17 Blush, Eloiza, at a thought so vain,
18 Thy face with crimson let confusion stain;
19 And while thy bosom glows with guilty fire;
20 Let every hope of happiness expire;
21 But if again thou would'st my pity move,
22 Lament at once thy honour and thy love.


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Title (in Source Edition): On reading Pope's Eloiza to Abelard.
Genres: heroic couplet; occasional poem

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Hands, Elizabeth, 1746-1815. The death of Amnon. A poem. With an appendix: containing pastorals, and other poetical pieces. By Elizabeth Hands. [Coventry]: Printed for the author, by N. Rollason, Coventry, M,DCCLXXXIX., 1789, p. 114. [40],127,[1]p.; 8⁰. (ESTC T141063) (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian Library [Dunston B 961 (1)].)

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