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First Line: Tho' winds and seas oppose their utmost spite
Last Line: And at return let me your victim die.'
Subject(s): Hero & Leander; Leander

THO' winds and seas oppose their utmost spite,
Join'd with the horror of a dismal night,
To keep his word the brave Leander strove,
Honour his Convoy, and his Pilot Love;
He long resists the envious billows' rage,
Whose malice would his generous flame assuage.

At last, his weary limbs o'ercome with pain,
No longer could the mighty force sustain;
Then thoughts of losing Hero made him grieve,
Only for Hero could he wish to live.
With feeble voice, a while to respite Fate,
He with his foes would fain capitulate:

Whilst they against him still their fury bend,
Nor these his dying accents would attend:
'Since to your greater powers I must submit,
Ye Winds and Seas, at least, this prayer admit;
That with my faith I may to her comply,
And at return let me your Victim die.'

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