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UPON The Dismal Narrative OF THE Afflictions of a Friend.

I.
1 NOW let my Cares all buried lie,
2 My Griefs for ever Dumb:
3 Your Sorrows swell my Heart so high
4 They leave my own no Room.
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II.
5 Sickness and Pains are quite forgot,
6 The Spleen itself is gone,
7 Plung'd in your Woes I feel them not,
8 Or feel them all in One.
III.
9 Infinite Grief puts Sense to flight,
10 And all the Soul invades:
11 So the broad Gloom of spreading Night
12 Devours the Evening Shades.
IV.
13 Thus am I born to be Unblest!
14 This Sympathy of Woe
15 Drives my own Tyrants from my Breast
16 T' admit a Forreign Foe,
V.
17 Sorrows in long Succession reign;
18 Their Iron Rod I feel,
19 Friendship has only chang'd the Chain,
20 But I'me the Pris'ner still.
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VI.
21 Why was this Life for Misery made?
22 Or why drawn out so long?
23 Is there no room amongst the Dead?
24 Or is a Wretch too Young?
VII.
25 Move faster on, Great Nature's Wheel,
26 Be kind, ye rolling Powers,
27 Hurl my Days headlong down the Hill
28 With undistinguisht Hours.
VIII.
29 Be dusky all my rising Suns,
30 Nor smile upon a Slave:
31 Darkness and Death, make hast at once
32 To hide me in the Grave.

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    Title (in Source Edition): UPON The Dismal Narrative OF THE Afflictions of a Friend.
    Author: Isaac Watts
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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. 161-163. [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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