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    His kingdom come!" For this we pray in vain, Unless He does in our affections reign. How fond it were to wish for such a King, And no obedience to his sceptre bring, Whose yoke is easy, and His burthen light; His service freedom, and His judgments right.

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  2. 9

    Stronger by weakness, wiser men become.

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  3. 8

    His love at once and dread instruct our thought; As man He suffer'd and as God He taught.

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  4. 7

    And as pale sickness does invade, Your frailer part, the breaches made, In that fair lodging still more clear, Make the bright guest, your soul, appear.

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    Poets lose half the praise they should have got, Could it be known what they discreetly blot.

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    The rising sun complies with our weak sight, First gilds the clouds, then shows his globe of light At such a distance from our eyes, as though He knew what harm his hasty beams would do.

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    Illustrious acts high raptures do infuse, And every conqueror creates a muse.

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    Vexed sailors cursed the rain, for which poor shepherds prayed in vain.

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    Tea does our fancy aid, Repress those vapours which the head invade, And keeps that palace of the soul serene.

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    The lark that shuns on lofty boughs to build, Her humble nest, lies silent in the field.

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  11. Last Update: 3 October 2022

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