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Reply to Lord Byron's Fare Thee Well

By Cockle, Mary

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Title: Reply to Lord Byron's Fare Thee Well  
Author: Cockle, Mary
Language: English
Subject: Literature, Literature & thought, Writing.
Collections: Classic Literature Collection
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OH stay thy dang'rous pen—nor seek to move, With the false pleadings of repentant love! Wake not again the retrospective sigh, Or the wild tear of trembling agony, Taught by THY hand in bitterness to flow From the FULL chalice of domestic woe! Can HE, who spurn'd affection's sacred chains, Who scorns all laws, and whom no fear restrains; Who, coldly vicious, whilst the nuptial flow'r Shed its chaste beauties o'er the bridal hour, Left its rich graces, blighted and forlorn, Like Spring's young rose-bud drooping o'er its thorn; Can HE now plead affection's slighted vow, And bid—in mock'ry bid—the tear-drop flow At the soft impulse of a Father's name? That Father who forsook a Father's claim; Before his Daughter's tongue had learn'd to form, With infant innocence, resistless charm, The lisp'd-out pray'r, that e'en to him had brought Perchance the blessing of one better thought, Recall'd the wanderer, all his faults forgiv'n, And led him back to peace —to hope —and heav'n . Oh! should she learn, in reason's opening hour, The dang'rous graces, the misleading pow'r, Of those perverted gifts, in mercy lent, Man's noblest boast, or direst punishment; Then ask with DOUBTING, but with ANXIOUS eye, Whilst her young bosom heaves the unconscious sigh, If such there be, whose talents misemploy'd Have made the early paradise a void...

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