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1 When recent in the womb I lay,
2 Ere yet my life began,
3 Thy care preserv'd the sleeping clay,
4 And form'd it into man.
5 Oh! may this frame, that rising grew
6 Beneath thy plastic hands,
7 Be studious ever to pursue
8 Whate'er thy will commands.
9 The soul that moves this earthly load
10 Thy semblance let it bear;
11 Nor lose the traces of the God,
12 Who stamp'd his image there.


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    Title (in Source Edition): A FRAGMENT.
    Author: James Merrick
    Themes: God; virtue; vice
    Genres: ballad metre; Chevy Chase stanza; fragment
    References: DMI 27723

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    A Collection of Poems in Six Volumes. By Several Hands. Vol. V. London: printed by J. Hughs, for R. and J. Dodsley, 1763 [1st ed. 1758], p. 222. 6v.: music; 8⁰. (ESTC T131163; OTA K104099.005)

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