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365. Lines on Fergusson the Poet

 ILL-FATED genius! Heaven-taught Fergusson!
 What heart that feels and will not yield a tear,
To think Life’s sun did set e’er well begun
 To shed its influence on thy bright career.
O why should truest Worth and Genius pine Beneath the iron grasp of Want and Woe, While titled knaves and idiot-Greatness shine In all the splendour Fortune can bestow?

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