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1 TIME once at a synod agreed
2 To cure the abuses of love;
3 For Cupid had wrote such a creed
4 As none of the gods could approve.
5 But first, with Prometheus's leave,
6 A mortal he begg'd to create;
7 For as yet not a power could achieve
8 A conquest o'er love and o'er fate.
9 As Time in his travels had found
10 The various specifics of earth,
11 Experience, with years rolling round,
12 Had given their qualities birth.
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13 This faithful associate he knew
14 Would cull every simple of use;
15 For Galen had taught where they grew,
16 And what the effects they produce.
17 Thus furnished from every clime,
18 His arduous work he began;
19 And still, as he tried to refine,
20 Exclaim'd, What a compound is Man!
21 Then flush'd with apparent success,
22 He thought all the hazard was o'er;
23 And, as he had made such a mess,
24 'Twas needless to add any more.
25 But alas! though the compound was fine,
26 One simple for ever was lost;
27 'Twas Memory, that blossom of time;
28 So Man remain'd dull as a post.
29 Good from evil by chemical art
30 An anodyne extract may prove;
31 But had Time not left out this one part,
32 Absence ne'er had been made to cure love.


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Title (in Source Edition): A CURE FOR LOVE.
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Blamire, Susanna, 1747-1794. The Poetical Works of Miss Susanna Blamire “The muse of Cumberland.” Now for the first time collected by Henry Lonsdale, M.D. with a preface, memoir, and notes by Patrick Maxwell, ... Edinburgh: John Menzies, 61 Princes Street; R. Tyas, London; D. Robertson, Glasgow; and C. Thurnam, Carlisle. MDCCCXLII., 1842, pp. 250-251.  (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian Library [42.256].)

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