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PREFACE.

S the occafion of this Poem was real, not ficti

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impofed, by what fpontaneoufly arofe in the author's
mind on that occafion, than meditated or defigned.
Which will appear very probable from the nature of it.
For it differs from the common mode of Poetry, which
is, from long narrations to draw fhort morals. Here,
on the contrary, the narrative is fhort, and the mora-
lity arifing from it makes the bulk of the Poem. The
reafon of it is, That the facts mentioned did naturally
pour these moral reflections on the thought of the
writer.

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Τ Η Ε

COM P L AIN T. C Ε Τ

NIGHT THE FIRST.

ON

LIFE, DEATH, AND IMMORTALITY.

TO

THE RIGHT HON. ARTHUR ONSLOW,

SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF COMMONS.

T
IR'D Nature's fweet'reftorer, balmy Sleep!

He, like the world, his ready visit pays
Where Fortune smiles; the wretched he forsakes;
Swift on his downy pinion flies from woe,
And lights on lids unsullied with a tear.

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From short (as usual) and disturb'à repose,
I wake: How happy they, who wake no more !
Yet that were vain, if dreams infeft the grave.
I wake, einerging from a sea of dreams
Tumultuous; where my wreck'd defponding thought, 10
From wave to wave of fancied misery,

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