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Pharaphrase on John 21. 17.

1 YEs, thou that knowest all, dost know I love thee,
2 And that I set no Idol up above thee,
3 To thy unerring censure I appael,
4 And thou that knowest all things, sure canst tell,
5 I Love thee more then Life or Interest,
6 Nor hast thou any Rival in my Breast;
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7 I Love thee so, that I would calmly bear;
8 The Mocks of Fools, and bless my happy Ear
9 Let me from thee but one kind whisper hear;
10 I Love thee so, that for a smile of thine,
11 Might this, and all the brighter Worlds be mine,
12 I would not pause, but with a noble Scorn,
13 At the unequal slighted offer spurn;
14 Yes, I to Fools these trifles can resign,
15 Nor envy them the World, whilst thou art mine;
16 I love thee as my Centre, and can find
17 No Point but thee to stay my doubtful mind;
18 Potent and uncontroul'd its Motions were,
19 Till fixt in thee its only congruous Sphere.
20 Urg'd with a thousand specious Baits, I stood,
21 Displeas'd, and sighing for some distant good,
22 To calm its genuine Dictates but betwixt
23 Them all, remain'd suspended and unfixt.
24 I love thee so, 'tis more than Death to be,
25 My Life, my Love, my all, depriv'd of thee;
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26 'Tis Hell, 'tis Horror, shades and darkness then,
27 Till thou unveil'st thy Heavenly Face agen;
28 I Love thee so, I'de kiss the Dart should free
29 My flatterring Soul, and send her up to thee;
30 O would'st thou break her Chain, with what delight
31 She'd spread her Wings, and bid the world goodnight.
32 Scarce for my bright conductors would I stay,
33 But lead thy flaming Ministers the way,
34 In their known passage to eternal day.
35 And yet the Climes of Light would not seem fair,
36 Unless I met my bright Redeemer there;
37 Unless I saw my Shining Saviours Face,
38 And cop't all Heaven in his sweet embrace.

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Title (in Source Edition): Pharaphrase on John 21. 17.
Themes: biblical history
Genres: paraphrase

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Poems on several occasions. Written by Philomela. London: Printed for John Dunton at the Raven in Jewen-street, 1696, pp. 10-12. [24],72,69,[11]p.; 8⁰ (ESTC R7317; OTA A57734)

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