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The QUESTION.

Occasion'd by a serious Admonition.

1 IS Mirth a Crime? Instruct me you that know;
2 Or shou'd these Eyes with Tears eternal flow:
3 No (let ye Powers) let this Bosom find,
4 Life's one grand Comfort a contented Mind:
5 Preserve this Heart, and may it find no room
6 For pale Despondence or unpleasing Gloom:
7 Too well the Mischief and the Pangs we know
8 Of doubtful Musing and prophetick Woe.
9 But now these Evils for a Moment rest,
10 And brighter Visions please the quiet Breast,
11 Where sprightly Health its blessed Cordial pours,
12 And chearful Thought deceives the gliding Hours:
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13 Then let me smile, and trifle while I may,
14 Yet not from Virtue nor from Reason stray:
15 From hated Slander I wou'd keep my Tongue;
16 My Heart from Envy, and from Guilt my Song:
17 Nature's large Volume with Attention read,
18 Its God acknowledge, and believe my Creed:
19 Through Weakness, not Impiety, offend;
20 But love my Parent, and esteem my Friend.
21 If (like the most) my undistinguish'd Days
22 Deserve not much of Censure or of Praise:
23 If my still Life, like subterraneous Streams,
24 Glides unobserv'd, nor tainted by Extremes,
25 Nor dreadful Crime has stain'd its early Page,
26 To hoard up Terrors for reflecting Age;
27 Let me enjoy the sweet Suspence of Woe,
28 When Heav'n strikes me, I shall own the Blow:
29 Till then let me indulge one simple Hour,
30 Like the pleas'd Infant o'er a painted Flow'r:
31 Idly 'tis true: But guiltlesly the Time
32 Is spent in trifling with a harmless Rhyme.
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33 Heroick Virtue asks a noble Mind,
34 A Judgment strong, and Passions well refin'd:
35 But if that Virtue's measur'd by the Will,
36 'Tis surely something to abstain from Ill.

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Title (in Source Edition): The QUESTION. Occasion'd by a serious Admonition.
Author: Mary Leapor
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Genres: heroic couplet

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Poems upon several occasions: By Mrs. Leapor ... London: printed: and sold by J. Roberts, 1748, pp. 224-226. 15,[5],282p. ; 8⁰. (ESTC T127827; Foxon p. 413; OTA K101776.000)

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