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Thrown, amid drooping lilies, swells the breeze
With fighs unceasing, and the brook with tears.
Thus in soft anguish he consumes the day,
Nor quits his deep retirement, till the moon
Peeps through the chambers of the fleecy east,
Enlighten’d by degrees, and in her train
Leads on the gentle hours; then forth he walks,
Beneath the trembling languish of her beam,
With soften'd soul, and wooes the bird of eve
To mingle woes with his : or while the world
And all the fons of Care lie hufh'd in sleep,
'Associates with the midnight shadows drear ;
And, sighing to the lonely taper, pours
His idly-tortur'd heart into the page,
Meant for the moving messenger of love;
Where rapture burns on rapture, every line
With rising frenzy fir'd. But if on bed
Delirious fung, sleep from his pillow flies.
All night he toffes, nor the balmy power
In any posture finds ; till the grey morn
Lifts her pale lustre on the paler wretch,
Exanimate by love: and then perhaps
Exhausted Nature finke a while to rest,
Still interrupted by distracted dreams,
That o'er the fick imagination rise,
And in black colours paint the mimic scene.
Qft with th' enchantress of his soul he talks ;
Sometimes in crowds distress'd; or if retir'd
To fecret winding flower-enwoven bowers,
Far from the dull impertinence of Man,





Just as he, credulous, his endless cares
Begins to lose in blind oblivious love,
Snatch'd from her yielded hand, he knows not how,
Through forests huge, and long untravel'd heaths
With desolation brown, he wanders waste,
In night and tempeft wrapt; or shrinks aghaft,
Back, from the bending precipice; or wades
The turbid Itream below, and strives to reach 1065
The farther shore; where succourless, and sad,
She with extended arms his aid implores;
But strives in vain : borne by th' outrageous flood
To distance down, he rides the ridgy wave,
Or whelm'd beneath the boiling eddy finks. 1070

These are the charming agonies of love,
Whofe misery delights. But through the heart
Should jealousy its venom once diffuse,
'Tis then delightful misery no more,
But agony unmix’d, incessant gall,

Corroding every thought, and blafting all
Love's paradise. Ye fairy profpe&s, then,
Ye beds of roses, and ye bowers of joy,
Farewel! Ye gleamings of departed peace,
Shine out your last! The yellow-tinging plague 1080
Internal vision taints, and in a night
Of livid gloom imagination wraps.
Ah, then ! instead of love-enliven'd cheeks,
Of sunny features, and of ardent eyes
With flowing rapture bright, dark looks fucceed, 1085
Suffus'd and glaring with untender fire;
A clouded aspect, and a burning cheek,



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Where the whole poison'd soul, malignant, fits,
And frightens love away. Ten thousand fears
Invented wild, ten thousand frantic views

Of horrid rivals, hanging on the charms
For which he melts in fondness, eat him up
With fervent anguish, and consuming rage.
In vain reproaches lend their idle aid,
Deceitful pride, and resolution frail,

1095 Giving false peace a moment. Fancy pours, Afresh, her beauties on his busy thought, Her first endearments twining round the soul, With all the witchcraft of ensnaring love. Straight the fierce storm involves his mind anew, Flames through the nerves, and boils along the veins; While anxious doubt distracts the tortur'd heart : For ev'n the sad assurance of his fears Were ease to what he feels. Thus the warm youth, Whom Love deludes into his thorny wilds, 1105 Through flowery-tempting paths, or leads a life Of fever'd rapture, or of cruel care; His brightest flames extinguish'd all, and all His lively moments running down to waste.

But happy they! the happiest of their kind! Whom gentler stars unite, and in one fate Their hearts, their fortunes, and their beings blend. 'Tis not the coarser tie of human laws, Unnatural oft, and foreign to the mind, That binds their peace, but harmony itself, 1115 Attuning all their passions into love ; Where friendship full-exerts her softest power,



Perfect esteem enliven’d by desire
Ineffable, and sympathy of soul;
Thought meeting thought, and will preventing will,
With boundless confidence : for nought but love
Can answer love, and render bliss secure.
Let him, ungenerous, who, alone intent
To bless himself, from fordid parents buys
The loathing virgin, in eternal care,

Well-merited, consume his nights and days :
Let barbarous nations, whose inhuman love
Is wild desire, fierce as the suns they feel;
Let eastern tyrants, from the light of heaven
Seclude their bosom-llaves, meanly possess’d: 1130
Of a mere, lifeless, violated form:
While those whom love cements in holy faith,
And equal transport, free as Nature live,
Difuaining fear. What is the world to them,
Its pomp, its pleasure, and its nonsense all !

1135 Who in each other clasp whatever fair High fancy forms, and lavish hearts can wish'; Something than beauty dearer, should they look Or on the mind, or mind-illumin'd face ; Truth, goodness, honour, harmony, and love, 1140 The richest bounty of indulgent Heaven. Meantime a smiling offspring rises round, And gles both their graces. By degrees, The human blossom blows; and every day, Soft as it rolls along, shews some new charm, 1145 The father's lustre, and the mother's bloom. Then infant reason grows apace, and calls


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For the kind hand of an affiduous care,
Delightful talk! to rear the tender thought,
To teach the young idea how to shoot,
To pour the fresh instruction o'er the mind,
To breathe th’enlivening spirit, and to fix
The generous purpose in the glowing breast.
Oh, speak the joy! ye, whom the sudden tear
Surprizes often, while


look around,
And nothing strikes your eye but fights of bliss,
All various Nature pressing on the heart :
An elegant sufficiency, content,
Retirement, rural quiet, friendship, books,
Ease and alternate labour, useful life,
Progreffive virtue, and approving Heaven.
These are the matchless joys of virtuous love;
And thus their moments fly. The Seasons thus,
As ceaseless round a jarring world they roll,
Still find them happy; and consenting Spring
Sheds her own rofy garland on their heads :
Till evening comes at last, serene and mild;
When, after the long vernal day of life,
Enamour'd more, as more remembrance swells
With many a proof of recollected love,
Together dówn they fink in social sleep;
Together freed, their gentle spirits fly
To scenes where love and bliss immortal reign.





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