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THE Expostulation.

I.
1 HOw long, great God, a wretched captive here,
2 Must I these hated marks of bondage wear?
3 How long shall these uneasy chains controul
4 The willing flights of my impatient Soul?
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5 How long shall her most pure intelligence
6 Be strain'd through an infectious screen of gross, corrupted sence?
II.
7 When shall I leave this darksome house of clay;
8 And to a brighter mansion wing away?
9 There's nothing here my thoughts to entertain,
10 But one Tyr'd revolution o're again:
11 The Sun and Stars observe their wonted round,
12 The streams their former courses keep: No Novelty is found.
III.
13 The same curst acts of false fruition o're,
14 The same wild hopes and wishes as before;
15 Do men for this so fondly life caress,
16 (That airy huss of splendid emptiness?)
17 Unthinking sots: kind Heaven let me be gone,
18 I'm tyr'd, I'm sick of this dull Farce's repetition.

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Title (in Source Edition): THE Expostulation.
Themes: vanity of life
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Poems on several occasions. Written by Philomela. London: Printed for John Dunton at the Raven in Jewen-street, 1696, pp. 12-13. [24],72,69,[11]p.; 8⁰ (ESTC R7317; OTA A57734)

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