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An EPITAPH.

QUAE te sub tenerâ rapuerunt, Paeta, juventâ,
O utinam me crudelia fata vocent;
Ut linquam terras invisaque lumina solis,
Utque tuus rursum corpore sim posito.
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Tu cave Laethaeo contingas ore liquore,
Et citò venturi sis memor, oro, viri
Te sequar obscurum per iter: dux tibi eunti
Fidus amor, tenebras lampade discutiens.
Thus TRANSLATED.
1 THEE, Paeta, death's relentless hand
2 Cut off in earliest bloom,
3 Oh! had the fates for me ordain'd
4 To share an equal doom;
5 With joy this busy world I'd leave,
6 This hated light resign,
7 To lay me in the peaceful grave,
8 And be for ever thine:
9 Do thou, if Lethe court thy lip,
10 To taste its stream forbear:
11 Still in thy soul his image keep,
12 Who hastes to meet thee there.
13 Safe o'er the dark and dreary shore,
14 In quest of thee I'll roam,
15 Love with his lamp shall run before,
16 And break the circling gloom.

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    Title (in Source Edition): An EPITAPH.
    Author: James Merrick
    Themes: death
    Genres: ballad metre; Chevy Chase stanza; imitation; translation; paraphrase
    References: DMI 25733

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    A Collection of Poems in Six Volumes. By Several Hands. Vol. IV. London: printed by J. Hughs, for R. and J. Dodsley, 1763 [1st ed. 1758], pp. 187-188. 6v.: music; 8⁰. (ESTC T131163; OTA K104099.004) (Page images digitized by the Eighteenth-Century Poetry Archive from a copy in the archive's library.)

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