But I within me bear alas too great allays.
What does this 'allay' mean?
This poet says, I wish I could be overheat with praise!, so this man is unhappy. However, allay means 'to soothe'.
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Allay (Al·lay) noun Alleviation; abatement; check. [Obsolete]
Ah! gracious God ! that I might see
A time when it were dangerous for me
To be o'er-heat with praise !
But I within me bear, alas ! too great allays.
It would have been dangerous for me to go overboard with praise. However, there are forces within holding me back from doing so.