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"And art thou then, fond youth, fecure of joy "Can no reverfe thy flattering bliss destroy? "Has treacherous Love no torment yet in store ? "Or haft thou never prov'd his fatal power?

"Whence flow'd thofe tears that late bedew'd thy "cheek?

Why figh'd thy heart as if it ftrove to break ? "Why were the desert rocks invoked to hear "The plaintive accent of thy fad despair? "From Delia's rigour all thofe pains arofe, "Delia, who now compaffionátes my woes, "Who bids me hope; and in that charming word "Has peace and tranfport to my foul restor'd. "Begiu, my pipe, begin the gladfome lay; "A kifs from Delia fhall thy mufic pay; "A kifs obtain'd 'twixt ftruggling and confent, "Given with forc'd anger, and disguis'd content. "No laureat wreaths I afk, to bind my brows, "Such as the Mufe on lofty Bards bestows: "Let other fwains to praife or fame afpire; "I from her lips my recompence require.

"Why stays my Delia in her fecret bower? Light gales have chac'd the late impending shower; "Th' emerging fun more bright his beams extends "Oppos'd, its beauteous arch the rainbow bends! "Glad youths and maidens turn the new-made hay`: "The birds renew their fongs or every fpray! "Come forth, my love, thy shepherd's joys to crown: "All nature fmiles.-Will only Delia frown?


"Hark how the bees with murmurs fill the plain, "While every flower of every sweet they drain: "See, how beneath yon hillock's fhady steep, "The shelter'd herds on flowery couches sleep: "Nor bees, nor herds, are half so bleft as I, "If with my fond desires my love comply; "From Delia's lips a fweeter honey flows, "And on her bofom dwells more foft repose.

"Ah how, my dear, shall I deserve thy charms? "What gift can bribe thee to my longing arms? “A bird for thee in filken bands I hold, "Whofe yellow plumage shines like polish'd gold; "From diftant ifles the lovely ftranger came, "And bears the fortunate Canaries name; "In all our woods none boasts so sweet a note, "Not ev'n the nightingale's melodious throat.

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"What wealth the rich Peruvian mountains hide : "If all the gems in Eastern rocks were mine, "On thee alone their glittering pride should shine. "But, if thy mind no gifts have power to move, * Phœbus himself fhall leave th' Aonian grove ; "The tuneful Nine, who never fue in vain, "Shall come sweet fuppliants for their favourite fwain. "For him each blue-ey'd Naiad of the flood, "For him each green-hair'd fister of the wood, "Whom oft beneath fair Cynthia's gentle ray "His mufic calls to dance the night away. "And you, fair nymphs, companions of my love, "With whom the joys the cowflip meads to rove,

"I beg

"I beg you, recommend my faithful flame,
"And let her often hear her shepherd's name :
"Shade all my faults from her enquiring fight,
"And, fhew my merits in the fairest light;
"My pipe your kind affistance shall repay,
"And every friend fhall claim a different lay.
"But fee! in yonder glade the heavenly fair
"Enjoys the fragrance of the breezy air-
"Ah, thither let me fly with eager feet;
"Adieu, my pipe; I go my love to meet ➡➡
"O, may I find her as we parted last,
"And may each future hour be like the past!
"So fhall the whiteft lamb these pastures feed,
"Propitious Venus, on thy altars bleed.??

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HE gods, O. Walpole, give no bliss fincere; ›
Wealth is disturb'd by care, and power by fear

Of all the paffions that employ the mind,
In. gentle Love the fweetest joys we find;
Yet ev❜n thofe joys.dire Jealoufy molests,
And blackens each fair image in our breasts.
O may the warmth of thy too tender heart.
Ne'er feel the sharpness of his venom'd dart!
For thy own quiet, think thy mistress just,
And wifely take thy happiness on trust,

Begin, my Mufe, and Damon's woes rehearse,
In wildeft numbers and disorder'd verse.

On a romantic mountain's airy head
(While browzing goats at ease around him fed)
Anxious he lay, with jealous cares oppreft;
Diftruft and anger labouring in-his-breast-
The vale beneath a pleafing profpect yields
Of verdant meads and cultivated fields;
Through these a river rolls its winding flood,
Adorn'd with various tufts of rifing wood;
Here half conceal'd in trees a cottage stands,
A caftle there the opening plain commands;
Beyond, a town with glittering spires is crown'd,
And diftant hills the wide horizon bound:

So charming was the fcene, a while the. fwain
Beheld delighted, and forgot his pain;
But foon the strings infix'd within his heart
With cruel force renew'd their raging smart :
His flowery wreath, which long with pride he wore,
The gift of Delia, from his brows he tore,
Then cried, "May all thy charms, ungrateful maid,
"Like these neglected rofes,. droop and fade!
"May angry heaven deform each guilty grace,
“That triumphs now in that deluding face!
"Thofe alter'd looks may every shepherd fly,
"And ev❜n thy Daphnis hate thee worse than I!
"Say, thou inconftant, what has Damon done,
"To lofe the heart his tedious pains had won?
"Tell me what charms you in my rival find,
"Against whofe power no ties have strength to bind ?


"Has he, like me, with long obedience strove
"To conquer your difdain, and merit love?
"Has he with transport every smile ador'd,
"And died with grief at each ungentle word?
"Ah, no! the conqueft was obtain'd with ease;
"He pleas'd you, by not studying to please:
"His careless indolence your pride alarm'd;

"And, had he lov'd you more, he less had charm'd. "O pain to think! another shall poffefs

"Thofe balmy lips which I was wont to press:

"Another on her panting breast shall lie,

"And catch fweet madness from her swimming eye !"I faw their friendly flocks together feed,

"I faw them hand in hand walk o'er the mead:
"Would my clos'd eye had funk in endless night,
"Ere I was doom'd to bear that hateful fight!
"Where-e'er they pafs'd, be blafted every flower,
"And hungry wolves their helpless flocks devour!
"Ah wretched fwain, could no examples move
"Thy heedlefs heart to fhun the rage of love?
"Haft thou not heard how poor * Menalcas died
"A victim to Parthenia's fatal pride?

"Dear was the youth to all the tuneful plain, "Lov'd by the nymphs, by Phœbus lov'd, in vain : "Around his tomb their tears the Mufes paid; "And all things mourn'd, but the relentless maid. "Would I could die like him, and be at peace? "Thefe torments in the quiet grave would cease; "There

* See Mr. Gay's Dione.

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