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ELEGY.

1 WANDER, my troubled soul, sigh 'mid the night thy pain,
2 While from my cloud-hung brow stream showers of briny rain;
3 My spirit flies the earth, the darkest gloom pervades,
4 Hovers around the dead, and mingles with the shades.
5 O! friend of my breast! thou'rt entomb'd within my heart,
6 I still to thee alone my inmost thoughts impart;
7 Solac'd no more by thee, vain is the power of song,
8 Sighs check each tuneful lay, and murmuring glide along.
9 Thou wert unto my soul what the sun is to my sight,
10 But thou art set in death, and I am lost in night;
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11 All nature seems a void of element'ry strife,
12 Where the soul is all cloud, and fraught with pain all life.
13 When near thy faithful breast I heeded not the storm,
14 Nor thought of wasting time, nor death's consuming worm;
15 Thy genius woke my thought, as oft we stray'd alone,
16 And rais'd me to that heaven to which thou now art flown.
17 Silent oft I mourn, sad wandering 'mid the gloom,
18 Or on the sea-beat shore I weep my bitter doom;
19 To thee, among the bless'd, my feeble soul would soar,
20 And 'mid the starry spheres th' Almighty Pow'r adore.
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Title (in Source Edition): ELEGY.
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Poetical Sketches by Ann Batten Cristall. London: Printed for J. Johnson, St. Paul's Church Yard, 1795, pp. 151-153. [14],187,[1]p.; 8⁰. (ESTC T126557)

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