When blooming youth is snatched away

When blooming youth is snatched away. Anne Steele* (1716-1778).  Published in Steele’s Poems on Subjects Chiefly Devotional (1760), by ‘Theodosia’. In the 1780 edition it was entitled ‘At the Funeral of a Young Person’. It had six stanzas:  When blooming youth is snatch’d away  By death’s resistless hand,Our hearts the mournful tribute pay,  Which pity must demand.  While pity prompts the rising sigh,  O may this truth, imprestWith awful power – I too must die -  Sink deep in every breast.  Let this vain world engage no more;  Behold the gaping tomb!It bids us seize the present hour,  Tomorrow, death may come.  The voice of this alarming scene,  May every heart obey, Nor be the heavenly...

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