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The pilgrim that journeys all day
To visit some far distant shrine, If he bear but a relique away,
Is happy, nor heard to repine. Thus widely remov’d from the fair,
Where my vows, my devotion, I owe, Soft Hope is the relique I bear,
And my solace wherever I go.
MY banks they are furnish'd with bees,
Whose murmur invites one to sleep; My grottos are shaded with trees,
And my hills are white over with sheep, I seldom have met with a loss,
Such health do my fountains bestow; My fountains, all border'd with moss,
Where the hare-bells and violets grow. Not a pine in my grove is there seen,
But with tendrils of woodbine is bound: Not a beech's more beautiful green,
But a sweet-briar twines it around. Not my fields in the prime of the year,
More charms than my cattle unfold: Not a brook that is limpid and clear,
But it glitters with fishes of gold.
One would think she might like to retire
To the bow'r I had labour'd to rear; Not a shrub that I heard her admire
But I hasted and planted it there. O how sudden the jessamine strove
With the lilac to render it gay! Already it calls for my love,
To prune the wild branches away. From the plains, from the woodlands, and groves,
What strains of wild melody flow!
From thickets of roses that blow!
Each bird shall harmoniously join
As she may not be fond to resign. .
I have found out a gift for my fair,
I have found where the wood-pigeons breed : But let me that plunder forbear;
She will say 'twas a barbarous deed. For he ne'er could be true, she averr’d,
Who could rob a poor bird of its young: And I lov'd her the more when I heard
Such tenderness fall from her tongue.
I have heard her with sweetnes wfuld
How that pity was due to a core: That it ever attended the bold,
And she cald it the filer of Lore.
So much I her accerts adore,
Methinks I should love her the more.
Can a bolsn fo gen:le remain
Cnmov'd, when her Corydon sighs ? Will anymph that is fond of the plain,
These plains, and this valley despise ? Dear regions of filence and shade!
Soft scenes of contentment and ease! Where I could have pleasingly ftray'd,
If aught, in her absence, could please.
But where does my Phyllida stray ?
And where are her grots and her bow'rs? Are the groves and the valley's as gay,
And the shepherds as gentle as ours ? The groves may, perhaps, be as fair,
And the face of the valleys as fine; The swains may in manners compare,
But their love is not equal to mine.
III. SOLICITUD E.
Why term it a folly to grieve ?
She is fairer than you can believe.
With her wit she engages the free;
She is ev'ry way pleasing to me.
Come and join in my amorous lays ;
That will fing but a song in her praise. When he sings, may the nymphs of the town
Come trooping, and listen the while; Nay, on him let not Phyllida frown;
But-I cannot allow her to smile. 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-Oh! may Phyllis beware
Of a magic there is in the found.
'Tis his with mock passion to glow;
'Tis his in smooth words to unfold,
,, And her bofom, be sure, is as cold;
„ 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,
And pillages every sweet;
He throws it at Phyllis's feet.
„ More sweet than the jessamine's flow'r! •„, What are pinks, in a morn, to compare ?
„ What is eglantine after a show'r ?
» Then the lily no longer is white,
» Then the rose is depriv’d of its bloom; » Then the violets die with despight,
92 And the woodbines give up their perfume. ,, Thus glide the soft numbers along,
And he fancies no shepherd his peer;
Were not Phyllis to lend it an ear,