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VERSES written in a Lady's Sherlock upon Death.

1 MIstaken fair, lay Sherlock by,
2 His doctrine is deceiving;
3 For whilst he teaches us to die,
4 He cheats us of our living.
5 To die's a lesson we shall know
6 Too soon without a master;
7 Then let us only study now
8 How may we live the faster.
9 To live's to love, to bless, be blest
10 With mutual inclination;
11 Share then my ardour in your breast,
12 And kindly meet my passion.
13 But if thus bless'd I may not live,
14 And pity you deny,
15 To me at least your Sherlock give,
16 'Tis I must learn to die.

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    Title (in Source Edition): VERSES written in a Lady's Sherlock upon Death.
    Themes: carpe diem
    Genres: ballad metre; Chevy Chase stanza; lyric
    References: DMI 10971

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    A Collection of Poems in Six Volumes. By Several Hands. Vol. I. London: printed by J. Hughs, for R. and J. Dodsley, 1763 [1st ed. 1758], p. 330. 6v.: music; 8⁰. (ESTC T131163; OTA K104099.001)

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