The Heart Asks Pleasure First

PL

The heart asks pleasure first,
And then, excuse from pain;
And then, those little anodynes
That deaden suffering;

And then, to go to sleep;
And then, if it should be
The will of its Inquisitor,
The liberty to die.

First print Life IX, 9
Johnson 536 | Franklin 588

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