He still persists his reasons to maintain; Our pray’rs, our tears, our loud laments, are vain.
This oft repeated, he stood fix’d to die: Myself, my wife, my son, my family, Intreat, pray, beg, and raise a doleful cry’What, will he still persist, on death resolve, And in his ruin all his house involve!’
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The child persisted in asking questions despite my obvious desire to be left alone.
We expect the conditions to persist into next year.