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STANZAS
Subjoined to the Yearly Bill of Mortality of the

Parish of

ALL-SAINTS, NORTHAMPTON,

Anno Domini 1787.

Pallida Mors æquo pulsat pede pauperum tabernas, Regumque turres.

HORACE.

Pale death with equal foot strikes wide the door
Of royal halls, and hovels of the poor.

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Was man (frail always) made more frail

Than in foregoing years?
Did famine or did plague prevail,

That so much death appears?

No; these were vigorous as their fires,

Nor plague nor famine came; This annual tribute death requires,

And never waves his claim.

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Read, ye that run, the solemn truth,

With which I charge my page; A worm is in the bud of youth,

And at the root of age.

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So prays your clerk with all his heart,

And ere he quits the pen,
Begs you for once to take his part

And answer all-Amen!

ON A SIMILAR OCCASION,

FOR THE YEAR 1788.

Quod adest, memento
Componere æquus. Cetera fluminis
Ritu feruntur.

Ноя.

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Ah felf-deceived ! Could I prophetic fay
Who next is fated, and who next to fall,
The reft might then seem privileged to play;
But, naming none, the Voice now speaks to ALL.

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Sad waste! for which no after-thrift atones.
The grave admits no cure for guilt or fin;
Dew-drops may deck the turf that hides the bones, .
But tears of godly grief ne'er flow within.

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