Poetical recreations consisting of original poems, songs, odes, &c. with several new translations : in two parts
Barker, Jane.
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THE PETITION. A SONG.

I.
OH use me gently, since I am your slave,
To Tyranize o'er Wretches is not brave;
In tort'ring me, what Glory can be found,
Who am defenceless, and securely bound?
II.
Tempt not your Conquests, & your Strength too far,
But use your Captive with a wiser care;
Such influence will your kindness have on me,
That I shall never wish for libertie.
III.
The wary Shipwright can't by force reduce
The sturdy Oak to his more pliant use;
But gently warms it by an easie fire,
And then it yields to what he will desire.
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For Love is more commanding far than Hate,
And Cruelty Rebellion will create.
That King sits always safest on his Throne,
Who rules his Subjects by his Love alone.