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AN AUNT'S LAMENTATION FOR THE ABSENCE OF HER NIECE.

WRITTEN FROM HASTINGS.

1 Like as the dove I sit alone,
2 Dejected, pale, and wan,
3 Without a friend to hear me moan
4 The loss of Marianne.
5 Now on the raging deep I gaze,
6 And all it's wonders scan,
7 Yet still my thoughts revert always
8 To thee, my Marianne.
9 Now o'er my book, my work I pore,
10 But do whate'er I can,
11 My book, my work will charm no more,
12 I've lost my Marianne.
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13 The other morn the fifers play'd,
14 I to the window ran,
15 And as the music pass'd, I said,
16 Where, where is Marianne?
17 Oft as I hear the sailors bawl
18 For Susan or for Nan,
19 Alas, I cry, Oh that a call
20 Would bring me Marianne!
21 Now on the beach forlorn I stray,
22 Nor know the face of man,
23 Yet all would please, each scene be gay,
24 Had I my Marianne.
25 With her each hour I could employ,
26 And still new pleasures plan,
27 For ev'ry hour 'twould be my joy
28 To please my Marianne.
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29 Ah could I view her face I'd fly
30 From Beersheba to Dan,
31 No land, no sea beneath the sky
32 Should part my Marianne.

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    Title (in Source Edition): AN AUNT'S LAMENTATION FOR THE ABSENCE OF HER NIECE. WRITTEN FROM HASTINGS.
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    Poems, &c. &c. by the Late Mrs. Mary Alcock [poems only]. London: Printed for C. Dilly, Poultry, 1799, pp. 56-58. vii,[25],183,[1]p. (ESTC T86344) (Page images digitized by University of California Libraries.)

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