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FRIENDSHIP.

TO Mr. William Nokes.

I.
1 FRIENDSHIP, thou Charmer of the Mind,
2 Thou sweet deluding III,
3 The brightest Minute Mortals find,
4 And sharpest Hour we feel.
II.
5 Fate has divided all our shares
6 Of Pleasure and of Pain,
7 In Love the Comforts and the Cares
8 Are mix'd and joyn'd again.
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III.
9 But whilst in Floods our Sorrow rolls,
10 And Drops of Joy are few,
11 This dear Delight of Mingling Souls
12 Serves but to swell our Woe.
IV.
13 Oh! why should Bliss depart in haste,
14 And Friendship stay to moan?
15 Why the fond Passion cling so fast,
16 When every Joy is gone?
V.
17 Yet never let our Hearts divide,
18 Not Death dissolve the Chain:
19 For Love and Joy were once ally'd,
20 And must be joyn'd again.

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    Title (in Source Edition): FRIENDSHIP.
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    Horæ lyricæ: Poems, chiefly of the lyric kind. In two books. ... By I. Watts. London: Printed by S. and D. Bridge, for John Lawrence at the Sign of the Angel in the Poultrey. MDCCVI., 1706, pp. 121-122. [20],267,[1]p.; 8⁰. (ESTC T82397; OTA K067329.000) (Page images digitized by Internet Archive from a copy in the Princeton Theological Seminary Library.)

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