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EXTEMPORE AFTER A DISPUTE AT DUNKERQUE.

1 Ah! why should passion rend a generous breast,
2 Or tears of anguish dim a chearing eye,
3 When gentle means could charm ev'n thought to rest,
4 Soothe ev'ry care, repress each rising sigh?
5 Or why let cold indifference chill that bliss,
6 Design'd by Heaven to bless the human kind,
7 Or bleak neglect avert the peaceful kiss,
8 The sweetest offering of a yielding mind?
9 Then now let love, let peace their home regain,
10 And meek-eyed mercy say, "thou art forgiven,"
11 And mutual o'er our ruder passions reign,
12 Until they guide us to their native Heaven.

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    Title (in Source Edition): EXTEMPORE AFTER A DISPUTE AT DUNKERQUE.
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    Kelly, Isabella, 1759-1857. Collection of Poems and Fables on Several Occasions. London: W. Richardson, 1794, p. 26. 72p. (ESTC T122123) (Page images digitized from a copy at the British Library.)

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