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IMITATION OF LINES

ADDRESSED BY M. D—, A YOUNG MAN OF TWENTY-FOUR YEARS OF AGE, THE NIGHT BEFORE HIS EXECUTION, TO A YOUNG LADY TO WHOM HE WAS ENGAGED. 1794.

I.
1 THE hour that calls to death is near,
2 It brings to me no throb of fear;
3 The breast that honour arms, can brave
4 The murd'rer's steel, th' untimely grave;
5 But thou, to whom I gave my heart,
6 From thee for ever must I part?
7 Wilt thou not hear my latest sigh?
8 Ah, 'tis a cruel task to die!
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II.
9 To-morrow, my clos'd eyes no more
10 Shall gaze on beauty I adore;
11 To-morrow, sadd'ning every grace,
12 Unceasing tears shall bathe thy face;
13 To-morrow, chill'd by death's cold grasp,
14 This hand no longer thine shall clasp;
15 For thou no more wilt thou be nigh
16 Ah, 'tis a cruel task to die!

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Title (in Source Edition): IMITATION OF LINES ADDRESSED BY M. D—, A YOUNG MAN OF TWENTY-FOUR YEARS OF AGE, THE NIGHT BEFORE HIS EXECUTION, TO A YOUNG LADY TO WHOM HE WAS ENGAGED. — 1794.
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Poems on various subjects: with introductory remarks on the present state of science and literature in France. London: G. and W. B. Whittaker, 1823, pp. [237]-238. 

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