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To Death.

1 O THOU most terrible, most dreaded power,
2 In whatsoever form thou meetest the eye!
3 Whether thou biddest thy sudden arrow fly
4 In the dread silence of the midnight hour;
5 Or whether, hovering o'er the lingering wretch
6 Thy sad cold javelin hangs suspended long,
7 While round the couch the weeping kindred throng
8 With hope and fear alternately on stretch;
9 Oh, say, for me what horrors are prepared?
10 Am I now doomed to meet thy fatal arm?
11 Or wilt thou first from life steal every charm,
12 And bear away each good my soul would guard?
13 That thus, deprived of all it loved, my heart
14 From life itself contentedly may part.

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    Title (in Source Edition): To Death.
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    Psyche, With Other Poems. London: Printed for LONGMAN, HURST, REES, ORME, AND BROWN, PATERNOSTER-ROW, 1811, p. 235. 314p. (Page images digitized by University of California Libraries.)

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