Thomas Stanley

Thomas Stanley Poems

1. The Relapse 1/4/2003

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The Relapse

O TURN away those cruel eyes,
   The stars of my undoing!
Or death, in such a bright disguise,
   May tempt a second wooing.

Punish their blind and impious pride,
   Who dare contemn thy glory;
It was my fall that deified
   Thy name, and seal'd thy story.

Yet no new sufferings can prepare
   A higher praise to crown thee;
Though my first death proclaim thee fair,
   My second will unthrone thee.

Lovers will doubt thou canst entice ...

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