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Let her speak, and whatever she say,

Methinks I should love her the more.

Can a bosom so gentle remain

Unmoved, when her Corydon sighs ? Will a nymph that is fond of the plain,

These plains and this valley despise ? 100 Dear regions of silence and shade!

Soft scenes of contentment and ease! Where I could have pleasingly stray'd,

If aught, in her absence, could please. But where does my Phyllida stray ? 105

And where are her grots and her bowers ?
Are the groves and the valleys as gay,

And the shepherds as gentle as ours ?
The groves may perhaps be as fair,
And the face of the valleys as fine,

110 The swains may in manners compare,

But their love is not equal to mine.

III. SOLICITUDE.

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Why will you my passion reprove ?

Why term it a folly to grieve,
Ere I show you the charms of my love ?
She's fairer than

you can believe. With her mien she enamours the brave;

With her wit she engages the free; With her modesty pleases the grave;

She is every way pleasing to me.
O you that have been of her train,

Come and join in my amorous lays !
I could lay down my life for the swain,

That will sing but a song in her praise.

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When he sings, may the nymphs of the town 125

Come trooping and listen the while; Nay on him let not Phyllida frown;

But I cannot allow her to smile.

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For when Paridel tries in the dance

Any favour with Phyllis to find, O how, with one trivial glance,

Might she ruin the peace of my mind! In ringlets he dresses his hair,

And his crook is bestudded around; And his pipe: O may Phyllis beware

Of a magic there is in the sound !

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'T is his with mock passion to glow,

'T is his in smooth tales to unfold, “ How her face is as bright as the snow,

And her bosom, be sure, is as cold : How the nightingales labour the strain,

With the notes of his charmer to vie; How they vary their accents in vain,

Repine at her triumphs and die."

To the grove or the garden he strays, 145

And pillages every sweet;
Then, suiting the wreath to his lays,

He throws it at Phyllis's feet.
“O) Phyllis,” he whispers, "more fair,

More sweet than the jessamine's flower! 150 What are pinks in a morn to compare ?

What is eglantine after a shower ?

“ Then the lily no longer is white;

The rose is deprived of its bloom;

Then the violets die with despite ;

And the woodbines give up their perfume." Thus glide the soft numbers along,

And he fancies no shepherd his peer: Yet I never could envy the song,

Were not Phyllis to lend it an ear. 160

Let his crook be with hyacinths bound,

So Phyllis the trophy despise;
Let his forehead with laurels be crown'd,

So they shine not in Phyllis's eyes.
The language that flows from the heart

Is a stranger to Paridel's tongue:
Yet may she beware of his art,
Or sure I must envy

the

song.

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IV. DISAPPOINTMENT.

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Ye shepherds, give ear to my lay,

And take no more heed of my sheep: They have nothing to do, but to stray;

I have nothing to do, but to weep. Yet do not my folly reprove;

She was fair—and my passion begun; She smiled—and I could not but love;

She is faithless and I am undone.

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Perhaps I was void of all thought;

Perhaps it was plain to foresee,
That a nymph so complete would be sought
By a swain more engaging than me.

180 Ahl Love every hope can inspire ;

It banishes wisdom the while; And the lip of the nymph we admire

Seems for ever adorn'd with a smile.

She is faithless, and I am undone:

185 Ye that witness the woes I endure, Let reason instruct you to shun

What it cannot instruct you to cure. Beware how you loiter in vain

Amid nymphs of a higher degree : 190 It is not for me to explain

How fair and how fickle they be. Alas! from the day that we met,

What hope of an end to my woes ? When I cannot endure to forget

195 The glance that undid my repose. Yet time may diminish the pain;

The flower, and the shrub, and the tree, Which I rear'd for her pleasure in vain,

In time may have comfort for me. 200 The sweets of a dew-sprinkled rose,

The sound of a murmuring stream, The peace

which from solitude flows, Henceforth shall be Corydon's theme. High transports are shown to the sight, 205

But we are not to find them our own;
Fate never bestow'd such delight,

As I with my Phyllis had known.
O ye woods, spread your branches apace,
To your deepest recesses I fly;

210 I would hide with the beasts of the chase;

Ï would vanish from every eye. Yet my

reed shall resound through the grove With the same sad complaint it begun; How she smiled—and I could not but love ; 215

Was faithless—and I am undone ! SHENSTONE.

I WISH I WAS WHERE ANNA LIES.

I WISH I was where Anna lies;

For I am sick of lingering here ; And every

hour Affection cries, “Go and partake her humble bier.” I wish I could; for when she died,

5 I lost my all; and life has proved, Since that sad hour, a dreary void,

A waste unlovely and unloved. But who, when I am turn'd to clay, Shall duly to her grave repair,

10 And pluck the ragged moss away,

And weeds, that have “no business there ?" And who with pious hand shall bring

The flower she cherish’d, snowdrops cold, And violets that unheeded spring,

15 To scatter o'er her hallow'd mould ?

And pour

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And who, while Memory loves to dwell

Upon her name for ever dear,
Shall feel his heart with passion swell,

the bitter, bitter tear ? I did it; and, would fate allow,

Should visit still, should still deplore:
But health and strength have left me now,

And I, alas, can weep no more.
Take then, sweet maid, this simple strain,

The last I offer at thy shrine ;
Thy grave must then undeck'd remain,

And all thy memory fade with mine.

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