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Stedman and Hutchinson, comps.  A Library of American Literature:
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes.  1891.
Vol. III: Literature of the Revolutionary Period, 1765–1787
 
A Prospect of Death
By Ann Eliza Bleecker (1752–1783)
 
[From The Posthumous Works of Ann Eliza Bleecker. 1793.]

DEATH! thou real friend of innocence,
Though dreadful unto shivering sense,
I feel my nature tottering o’er
Thy gloomy waves, which loudly roar:
Immense the scene, yet dark the view,        5
Nor Reason darts her vision through.
Virtue! supreme of earthly good,
O let thy rays illume the road;
And when dashed from the precipice,
Keep me from sinking in the seas;        10
Thy radiant wings then wide expand,
And bear me to celestial land.
 
 
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