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Nor winds, when first your florid orchard blows, Shake the light blossoms from their blasted boughs!

This when the various God had urg'd in vain,
He strait assum'd his native form again;
Such, and so bright an aspect now he bears,
As when through clouds th' emerging sun appears,
And thence exerting his refulgent ray,

Dispels the darkness, and reveals the day.
Force he prepar'd, but check'd the rash design;
For when, appearing in a form divine,

The nymph surveys him, and beholds the grace
Of charming features, and a youthful face!
In her soft breast consenting passions move,
And the warm maid confess'd a mutual love.

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VOL. II.

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IMITATIONS

OF

ENGLISH POETS.

DONE BY THE AUTHOR IN HIS YOUTH.

IMITATIONS

OF

ENGLISH POETS.

CHAUCER.

WOMEN ben full of ragerie,

Yet swinken nat sans secresie.
Thilke moral shall ye understond,
From schoole-boy's tale of fayre Irelond:
Which to the fennes hath him betake,
To filche the gray ducke fro the lake.
Right then, there passen by the way
His aunt, and eke her daughters tway.
Ducke in his trowses hath he hent,
Not to be spied of ladies gent.
"But ho! our nephew, (crieth one)
"Ho! (quoth another,) cozen John ;"
And stoppen, and lough, and callen out,-
This sely clerk full low doth lout :

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They asken that, and talken this,

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"Lo here is coz, and here is miss."

But, as he glozeth with speeches soote,
The ducke sore tickleth his Erse roote:

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