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1 Say, for you know, ye secret springs
2 Which guide the human heart,
3 Whence comes it that such trivial things
4 Give mine so keen a smart?
5 Mine, which hath known such real woes,
6 Such real ills hath borne;
7 If having stood such weighty blows,
8 Why by a touch o'erthrown?
9 Thus have I seen the sturdy oak,
10 Which hardly deigns to bow
11 When the storm rages, by the stroke
12 Of the sharp axe laid low.
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13 The bark, which winds and waves had brav'd
14 On many a hostile coast,
15 At length from foreign dangers sav'd,
16 In it's own port is lost.
17 If from a friend a word I hear,
18 Or meet a look unkind,
19 Why from mine eye descends the tear,
20 And why this tortur'd mind?
21 And why will those we love thus give
22 These small, tho' deadly, stings?
23 How fain would I no grief receive
24 But what from Nature springs!
25 Those sorrows may I learn to bear,
26 And humbly kiss the rod,
27 Thro' faith and hope cast off despair,
28 And give my soul to God.


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Title (in Source Edition): ON THE HUMAN HEART.
Genres: allegory

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Alcock [née Cumberland], Mary, 1741?–1798. Poems, &c. &c. by the Late Mrs. Mary Alcock [poems only]. London: Printed for C. Dilly, Poultry, 1799, pp. 31-32. vii,[25],183,[1]p. (ESTC T86344) (Page images digitized by University of Michigan Library.)

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