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Poem by James Beattie

An Epitaph

LIKE thee I once have stemm'd the sea of life,
    Like thee have languish'd after empty joys, 
Like thee have labour'd in the stormy strife,
    Been grieved for trifles, and amused with toys.

Forget my frailties; thou art also frail:
    Forgive my lapses; for thyself may'st fall: 
Nor read unmoved my artless tender tale --
    I was a friend, O man, to thee, to all. 

James Beattie

James Beattie's other poems:
  1. On reading the Declaration of War in 1756
  2. Elegy (Tir'D with the Busy Crouds)
  3. An Eclogue. In the Manner of Mr. Gay
  4. Verses occasioned by the Death of the Revd. Mr. Charles Churchill
  5. Law

Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • Andrew Marvell An Epitaph ("Enough; and leave the rest to Fame!")

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