To a Gentleman and Lady on the Death of the Lady's Brother and Sister, and a Child of the Name Avis, Aged One Year

  • To a Gentleman and Lady on the Death of the Lady's Brother and Sister, and a Child of the Name Avis, Aged One Year

  • Phillis Wheatley

    On Death's domain intent I fix my eyes,

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  • Where human nature in vast ruin lies,

  • With pensive mind I search the drear abode,

  • Where the great conqu'ror has his spoils bestow'd;

  • There there the offspring of six thousand years

  • In endless numbers to my view appears:

  • Phillis Wheatley

    Whole kingdoms in his gloomy den are thrust,

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  • And nations mix with their primeval dust:

  • Insatiate still he gluts the ample tomb;

  • His is the present, his the age to come

  • See here a brother, here a sister spread,

  • And a sweet daughter mingled with the dead.

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  • Phillis Wheatley

    But, Madam, let your grief be laid aside,

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  • And let the fountain of your tears be dry'd,

  • In vain they flow to wet the dusty plain,

  • Your sighs are wafted to the skies in vain,

  • Your pains they witness, but they can no more,

  • While Death reigns tyrant o'er this mortal shore.