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LOVE AND MADNESS,

AN ELEGY.

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“ Cease, Memory, cease (the friendless mourner

cried)

To probe the bosom too severely tried !

Oh! ever cease, my pensive thoughts, to stray

Through the bright fields of Fortune's better day:

† Warwick castle.

When youthful Hope, the music of the mind,
Tuned all its charms, and E-n was kind!

“ Yet, can I cease, while glows this trembling frame,

In sighs to speak thy melancholy name?

I hear thy spirit wail in every storm!

In midnight shades I view thy passing form!

Pale as in that sad hour, when doom'd to feel,

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Deep in thy perjured heart, the bloody steel!

“ Demons of Vengeance! ye at whose command

I grasp'd the sword with more than woman's hand,

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No! my wild heart sat smiling o'er the plan,

Till Hate fulfill'd what baffled Love began !

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