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First Line: One night, with sleep my senses being opprest
Last Line: I'll strive to chase the fancy from my mind.
Subject(s): Dreams; Nightmares

ONE night, with sleep my senses being opprest,
Fixt on that thought, which still o'er-rul'd my breast
In mourning dress, with silence did appear,
She of her sex was to my soul most dear:

'Cynthia,' methought, I said, and gaz'd awhile,
'Where's thy accustom'd look, and cheerful smile?
What sad occasion thus disturbs thee now,
And hangs that gloomy sadness on thy brow?'

She only sigh'd, and off'ring to depart,
I snatch'd her hand, and laid it to my heart,
And whilst I in this trembling rapture stand,
She took, and held me by my other hand.

I thought my heart 'twixt joy and grief would break,
Adding with tears, 'My dear, I prithee speak';
And grasp'd her fast, she struggling to be gone,
Till wak'd: but then I found myself alone.

Oft have I griev'd to think what this might prove,
And gather'd hence ill omens to my Love;
But since I may too soon the mischief find,
I'll strive to chase the fancy from my mind.

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