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Moral SONG.

1 WOuld we attain the happiest State,
2 That is design'd us here;
3 No Joy a Rapture must create,
4 No Grief beget Despair.
5 No Injury fierce Anger raise,
6 No Honour tempt to Pride;
7 No vain Desires of empty Praise
8 Must in the Soul abide.
9 No Charms of Youth, or Beauty move
10 The constant, settl'd Breast:
11 Who leaves a Passage free to Love,
12 Shall let in, all the rest.
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13 In such a Heart soft Peace will live,
14 Where none of these abound;
15 The greatest Blessing, Heav'n do's give,
16 Or can on Earth be found.

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Title (in Source Edition): Moral SONG.
Themes: contentment
Genres: song

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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. 263-264. [8],390p. ; 8⁰. (ESTC T94539; Foxon pp. 274-5; OTA K076314.000)

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