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ON THE AUTHOR'S BIRTH-DAY

1 Thus lowly bending on my parent earth,
2 I view with tears the day that gave me birth;
3 Since I had power to think I ne'er could find
4 Myself of any service to mankind;
5 Tho' oft this vain, this giddy foolish heart,
6 For others griefs does most severely smart;
7 And yet I ne'er found means, or never could,
8 But this I know, I never did them good.
9 Me whom the iron hand of fate does press,
10 Tho' most familiar, never felt the less;
11 Scorn'd by those friends with whom I once could vie,
12 Without one kind companion doom'd to sigh,
13 I feel new causes, each succeeding morn,
14 To mourn the day when such a wretch was born.
15 But O! Almighty Father! if I dare
16 To left my eyes to thee, accept this prayer;
17 Let ne'er ambition fire my youthful breast,
18 Nor earthly trifles rob my soul of rest.
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19 May I ne'er heave a sigh for dirty pelf,
20 Or any thing that but concerns myself,
21 Unless my sins: O! may they be forgiv'n,
22 And all my happiness be plac'd in heav'n!
23 O might I be enabled to relieve
24 The wants, and sooth the cares of those that grieve;
25 I'd view my birth-day with a heart elate,
26 And leave the world without the least regret.

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    Title (in Source Edition): ON THE AUTHOR'S BIRTH-DAY
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    Carmichael, Miss (Rebekah) (fl. 1790-1806). Poems. Edinburgh: Peter Hill, 1790, pp. 91-92. 92p. (ESTC T104666) (Page images digitized from a copy at University of California Libraries — third-party rights apply.)

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