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L'ALLEGRO

vu HENCE, loathèd Melancholy,

Of Cerberus and blackest Midnight born -
In Stygian cave forlorn
Mongst horrid shapes, and shrieks, and sights

unholy! Sed
5 Find out some uncoluth cell,

Where brooding Darkness spreads his jealous

wings, And the night-raven sings;

There, under ebon shades and low-browed rocks, As ragged as thy locks, 10 In dark Cimmerian desert ever dwell. Bayan

But come, thou Goddess fair and free, In heaven yclept Euphrosyne, "And by men heart-easing Mirth,

Whom lovely Venus, at a birth, 15 With two sister Grèces more,

more.. yok y Wind
To ivy-crowned Bacchus bore: -
Or whether (as some sager'sing)

The frolic wind that breathes the spring,
wZephyr, with Aurora'playing,
Ashe met her once a-Maying,
There, on beds of violets blue,
And fresh-blown roses washed in dew,
Filled her with thee, a daughter fair,

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groeuws
Sobuxom, blithe, and debonair.
Haste thee, Nymph, and bring with thee
Jest, and youthful Jollity,thie trekes
Quips and cranks and wanton wiles,
Nods and becks and wreathed smiles,
Such as hang on Hebe's chere, au

And love to live in dimple sleek; cambio Sport that wrinkled Care derides,

And Laughter holding both his sides.
Come, and trip it, as you go,
On the light fantastic toe;
And in thy right hand lead with thee
The mountain-nymph, sweet Liberty;
And, if I give thee honour due,
$Mirth, admit me of thy crew,
To live with her, and live with thee,
In unreprovèd pleasures free:
To hear the lark begin his flight, X
And, singing, startle the dull night,
From his watch-tower in the skies,
Till the dappled dawn doth rise;
Then to come, in spite of sorrow,
And at my window bid good-morrow,
Through the sweet-briar or the vine,
or the twisted eglantine;
While the cock, with lively din,
Scatters the rear of darkness thin,
And to the stack, or the barn-door,
Stoutly struts his dames before:

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Oft listening how the hounds and horn stars in

Cheerly rouse the slumbering morn, magerez 55. From the side of some hoar hill,

Through the high wood echoing shrill:
Sometime walking| not unseen,
By hedgerow elms, on hillocks green,

Right against the eastern gate, ma 60 Where the great Sun begins his state,

Robed in flames and amber light,
The clouds in thousand liveries dight; was
While the plowman, near at hand,
Whistles o'er the furrowed land,
And the milkmaid singeth blithe, —
And the mower whets his scythe, the neember •
And every shepherd tells his tale
Under the hawthorn in the dale.
Straight'mine eye hath caught new pleasures,
Whilst the landskip round it measures: unsoun.
Russet lawns, and fallows grey,
Where the nibbling flocks do stray;
Mountains on whose barren breast

The labouring clouds do often rest;
Meadows trim, with daisies pied; variegated
Shallow brooks, and rivers wide;
Towers and battlements it sees
Bosomed high in tufted trees,

Where perhaps some beauty lies, 80 The cynosure of neighbouring eyes.

Hard by a cottage chimney smokes K

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From betwixt two aged oaks,
Where Corydon and Thyrsis met
Are at their savoury dinner set astral bowl
Of herbs and other country messes, the? 485, I
Which the neat-handed Phyllis dresses;
And then in haste her bower she leaves,
With Thestylis to bind the sheaves;
Or, if the earlier season lead,
To the tanned hay cock in the mead.
(Sometimes, with sepure delight,
The upland hamlets will invite,
When the merry bells ring round,
And the jocund rebecks sound
To many a youth and many a maid
Dancing in the chequered shade,
And young and old come forth to play
On a sunshine holiday,
Till the livelong daylight fail:
Then to the spicy nut-brown ale,
With stories told of many a feat,
How Faery Mab the junkets eat.
she was pinched and pulled, she said;
And he, by Friar's lantern. led,
Tells how the drudging goblin sweat
To earn his cream-bowl duly set,
When in one night, ere glimpse of morn,
His shadowy flail hath threshed the corn
That ten day-labourers could not end;
Then lies him down, the Tubber-fiend,

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Dreplace And, stretched out all the chimney's length, • Basks at the fire his hairy strength,

And crop-full out of doors he flings,
- Ere the first cock his matin rings.
115 Thus done the tales, to bed they creep, y

By whispering winds soon lulled asleep.
Towered cities please us then,
And the busy hum of men,

Where throngs of knights and barons bold, 120 Inteeds of peace, high fiumphs hold,

With store of ladies, whose bright eyes
Rain influence, and judge the prize
Of wit or arms, while both contend

To win her grace whom all commend 225 There let Hymendoit appear a

In saffron robe, with taper clear,
And pomp, and feast, and revelry,
With mask and antique pageantry;

Such sights as youthful poets dream 130 On summer eves by haunted stream.

Then to the well-trod stage anon,
If Jonson's learned sock be on,
Or sweetest Shakespeare, Fancy's child,

Warble his native wood-notes wild. 135 And ever, against eating cares,

Lap me in soft Lydian airs,

Married to immortat verse,
Jul Such as the meeting soul may pierce, so

In notes with many a winding bout

y pierce, soufvejing piece

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