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On the Author's LYING-IN, AUGUST, 1785.

1 O God, the giver of all joy,
2 Whose gifts no mortal can destroy,
3 Accept my grateful lays:
4 My tongue did almost ask for death,
5 But thou did'st spare my lab'ring breath,
6 To sing thy future praise.
7 I live! my God be prais'd, I live,
8 And do most thankfully receive,
9 The bounty of my life:
10 I live, still longer to improve,
11 The fondest husband's tender love,
12 To the most happy wife.
13 I live within my arms to clasp,
14 My infant with endearing grasp,
15 And feel my fondness grow:
16 O God endow her with thy grace,
17 And heav'nly gifts, to hold a place
18 Among thy Saints below.
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19 May she in duty, as she ought,
20 By thy unerring precepts taught,
21 To us a blessing prove:
22 And thus prepar'd for greater joys,
23 May she, with thine elect arise
24 To taste the joys above.

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    Title (in Source Edition): On the Author's LYING-IN, AUGUST, 1785.
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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, pp. 123-124. [40],127,[1]p.; 8⁰. (ESTC T141063) (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian [Dunston B 961 (1)].)

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