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REPENTANCE.

I.
1 ALL attendants apart
2 I examin'd my heart,
3 Last night when I lay'd me to rest;
4 And methinks I'm inclin'd
5 To a change of my mind,
6 For, you know, second thoughts are the best,
II.
7 To retire from the crowd
8 And make ourselves good,
9 By avoiding of every temptation,
10 Is in truth to reveal
11 What we'd better conceal,
12 That our passions want some regulation.
III.
13 It will much more redound
14 To our praise to be found,
15 In a world so abounding with evil,
16 Unspotted and pure;
17 Tho' not so demure,
18 As to wage open war with the devil,
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IV.
19 Then bidding farewell
20 To the thoughts of a cell,
21 I'll prepare for a militant life;
22 And if brought to distress,
23 Why then I'll confess,
24 And do penance in shape of a wife.

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    Title (in Source Edition): REPENTANCE.
    Author: Miss Soper
    Themes: retirement; marriage
    Genres: song
    References: DMI 24054

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    A Collection of Poems in Six Volumes. By Several Hands. Vol. VI. London: printed by J. Hughs, for R. and J. Dodsley, 1763 [1st ed. 1758], pp. 232-233. 6v.: music; 8⁰. (ESTC T131163; OTA K104099.006) (Page images digitized by the Eighteenth-Century Poetry Archive from a copy in the archive's library.)

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