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EPITAPH ON AN UNFORTUNATE LADY.

TO THE REV. GEORGE GLEIG, A.M.

1 MORTAL, whene'er by Contemplation led,
2 Thou seek'st these aweful mansions of the dead;
3 Here pause awhile, and view this humble grave,
4 Where no pale statues weep, no banners wave;
5 Here rests, secure from ev'ry human woe,
6 One whose sad fate commands the tear to flow;
7 Who, in the dawn of life, when all was gay,
8 Attentive heard seducing Pleasure's lay;
9 By the false Syren lur'd, she plow'd the wave,
10 Where ruthless rocks afford a certain grave;
11 By the rude storm despoil'd of peace and fame,
12 Your pity now is all she means to claim;
13 But, whilst celestial Pity, pausing here,
14 Shall kindly shed one tributary tear;
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15 Let none, who virtue more than mercy prize,
16 Disturb the dust that near this willow lies:
17 For, though beneath this humble, harmless stone,
18 Sleeps one to human frailty often prone,
19 Yet Pity's self shall draw a friendly veil
20 O'er all the guilt that clouds her hapless tale.
21 As vernal air then breathing pure and sweet,
22 One anxious pray'r to Heav'n's high Mercy-seat,
23 Thither shall cherub'd Peace the record bear,
24 Whilst radiant Hope shall fix her anchor there.

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Title (in Source Edition): EPITAPH ON AN UNFORTUNATE LADY. TO THE REV. GEORGE GLEIG, A.M.
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Poems: by the late George-Monck Berkeley, Esq. ... With a preface by the editor, consisting of some anecdotes of Mr. Monck Berkeley and several of his friends. London: printed by J. Nichols; and sold by Messrs. Leigh and Sotheby; Mr. Edwards; Mr. Cooke, Oxford; Mr. Todd, York; Messrs. Simmons and Co.; Messrs. Flackton, Marrable, and Claris; and Mr. Bristow, Canterbury, 1797, pp. 16-17. viii,DCXXXII,212p.,plate: port.; 4⁰. (ESTC T142950; OTA K111746.000)

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