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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