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To the Memory of Margaret Tighe:


1 SWEET, placid Spirit! blest, supremely blest,
2 Whose life was tranquil, and whose end was rest;
3 'Tis not for thee our general tears shall flow,
4 Our loss is selfish, selfish is our woe:
5 We mourn a common parent, common friend,
6 Centre, round whom thy children loved to bend:
7 Where hands divided, met again to move
8 In one sweet circle of united love:
9 We mourn the tender, sympathising heart
10 So prompt to aid, and share the sufferer's part;
11 The liberal hand, the kindly patient ear,
12 Pity's soft sigh, and ever ready tear;
13 The graceful form, yet lovely in decay,
14 The peace inspiring eye's benignant ray;
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15 The lip of tenderness that soothed the sad,
16 And loved to bid the innocent be glad;
17 The gently, softening, reconciling word,
18 The ever cheerful, hospitable board:
19 The unassuming wisdom, pious prayers,
20 The still renewed, prolonged, maternal cares:
21 All all are lost! of thee, blest Saint, bereft,
22 We mourn, to whom impoverished life is left:
23 Mourn for ourselves! Secure thy lot must be,
24 With those who pure in heart their God shall see.


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    Title (in Source Edition): To the Memory of Margaret Tighe: TAKEN FROM US JUNE 7TH, 1804. — ÆTAT 85.
    Genres: heroic couplet; elegy

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    Tighe, Mary, 1772-1810. Psyche, With Other Poems. London: Printed for LONGMAN, HURST, REES, ORME, AND BROWN, PATERNOSTER-ROW, 1811, pp. 256-257. 314p. (Page images digitized by University of California Libraries.)

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