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First Line: Sin! / o only fatal woe!
Last Line: Within!
Subject(s): Sin

O only fatal woe,
That mak'st me sad and mourning go!
His kingdom and my soul defile!
I never can agree
With thee!

Only thou! O thou alone
(And my obdurate heart of stone)
The poison and the foes
Of my enjoyments and repose,
The only bitter ill:
Dost kill!

I cannot meet with thee,
Nor once approach thy memory,
But all my joys are dead,
And all my sacred treasures fled;
As if I now did dwell
In hell.

O hear how short I breathe!
See how I tremble here beneath!
A sin! Its ugly face
More terror than its dwelling place
Contains (O Dreadful Sin),

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