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To DEATH.

1 O King of Terrors, whose unbounded Sway
2 All that have Life, must certainly Obey
3 The King, the Priest, the Prophet, all are Thine,
4 Nor wou'd ev'n God (in Flesh) thy Stroke decline.
5 My Name is on thy Roll, and sure I must
6 Encrease thy gloomy Kingdom in the Dust.
7 My Soul at this no Apprehension feels,
8 But trembles at thy Swords, thy Racks, thy Wheels
9 Thy scorching Fevers, which distract the Sense
10 And snatch us raving, unprepar'd from hence;
11 At thy contagious Darts, that wound the Heads
12 Of weeping Friends, who wait at dying Beds.
13 Spare these, and let thy Time be when it will;
14 My Bus'ness is to Dye, and Thine to Kill.
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15 Gently thy fatal Sceptre on me lay,
16 And take to thy cold Arms, insensibly, thy Prey.

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Title (in Source Edition): To DEATH.
Themes: death
Genres: heroic couplet
References: DMI 25464

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Miscellany poems, on several occasions: Written by the Right Honble Anne, Countess of Winchilsea. London: printed for J. B. and sold by Benj. Tooke, William Taylor, and James Round, 1713, pp. 122-123. [8],390p. ; 8⁰. (ESTC T94539; Foxon pp. 274-5; OTA K076314.000)

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