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The Tear

How prone the bosom is to sigh!
How prone to weep the human eye!
As though this painful life we steer,
This valley of a sigh and tear.

When by the heart with sorrow griev'd,
A thousand blessings are receiv'd,
With every comfort that can cheer,
Tis their bright virtue's grateful tear.

When every parting pang is o'er,
And friends long absent meet once more,
Fraught with delight and love sincere,
Tis then sweet friendship's joyful tear.

When two fond lovers doomed to part,
Feel deadly pangs invade their heart,
Torn from the object each holds dear,
'Tis then, ah! then the parting tear.

When wretches, on the earth reclin'd,
Their doom of condenmation find,
The end of earthly beings near,
'Tis then soft Pity's melting tear.

If on some lovely creature's face,
Rich in proportion, colour, grace,
A pearly drop should once appear,
Tis then the lovely, beauteous tear.

When mothers - Oh! the grateful sigh -
Their children view with fond delight,
Surrounded by a charge so dear,
Tis then the fond maternal tear.

When lovers see the beauteous maid,
To whom their fondest vows are paid
With fear and doubting hopes draw near,
Tis then, oh! then the trembling tear.

But when the wretch with guilt opprest
Strikes in an agony his breast
All torn with guilt remorse and fear
Tis then, the best the saving tear.

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