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Ann Batten Cristall: Pity, Liberty, and Peace

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Ann Batten Cristall: Relief for nature, man at war with themselves

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Ann Batten Cristall
From Ode on Truth

Thou, whom fraternal love and freedom fire,
Whose wide benevolence unbounded flows,
Whose unaffected Muse those truths inspire
Which prove that Nature in thy bosom glows;
Through thee has Truth shot forth her potent beam,
And simple Nature’s praise resounded in thy theme.

That lyre, which sweetly tun’d its polish’d strain,
And sung of Pity, Liberty, and Peace,
The Muses shall invite to strike again,
And may their virtuous votaries still encrease!
Still Truth, through thee, shall dart her purest rays,
And simple Nature woo thy modest, plaintive lays.

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