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All sweet to sense, the flaunting rose was there; The finish'd chaplet well-adorn'd her hair.
Great Abbas chanc'd that fated morn to stray, By love conducted from the chase away; Among the vocal vales he heard her song; And sought, the vales and echoing groves among; At length he found, and woo'd the rural maid; She knew the monarch, and with fear obey'd. "Be every youth like royal Abbas mov'd; "And every Georgian maid like Abra lov'd!"
The royal lover bore her from the plain; Yet still her crook and bleating flock remain : Oft as she went, she backward turn'd her view, And bade that crook and bleating flock adieu. Fair happy maid! to other scenes remove; To richer scenes of golden power and love! Go leave the simple pipe, and shepherd's strain; With love delight thee, and with Abbas reign! "Be every youth like royal Abbas mov'd; "And every Georgian maid like Abra lov'd!"
Yet, 'midst the blaze of courts, she fix'd her love On the cool fountain, or the shady grove: Still, with the shepherd's innocence, her mind To the sweet vale, and flowery mead, inclin'd; And, oft as spring renew'd the plains with flowers, Breath'd his soft gales, and led the fragrant hours, With sure return she sought the sylvan scene, The breezy mountains, and the forests green, Her maids around her mov'd, a duteous band! Each bore a crook, all-rural, in her hand: Some simple lay, of flocks and herds they sung; With joy the mountain, and the forest rung. "Be every youth like royal Abbas mov'd; "And every Georgian maid like Abra lov'd!"
And oft the royal lover left the care
And thorns of state, attendant on the fair;
And thought of crowns, and busy courts, no more.
Blest was the life that royal Abbas led :
Agib and Secander; or, the Fugitives. Scene, a Mountain in Circassia. Time, Midnight.
IN fair Circassia, where, to love inclin'd,
Each swain was blest, for every maid was kind; At that still hour when awful midnight reigns, And none but wretches haunt the twilight plains; What time the moon had hung her lamp on high, And past in radiance through the cloudless sky; Sad, o'er the dews, two brother shepherds fled Where wildering fear and desperate sorrow led:
Fast as they prest their flight, behind them lay
O stay thee, Agib, for my feet deny,
Friend of my heart, O turn thee and survey!
Weak as thou art, yet, hapless, must thou know The toils of flight, or some severer woe!
Still, as I haste, the Tartar shouts behind;
He blasts our harvests, and deforms our land.
Unhappy land, whose blessings tempt the sword, In vain, unheard, thou call'st thy Persian lord! In vain thou court'st him, helpless, to thine aid, To shield the shepherd, and protect the maid! Far off, in thoughtless indolence resign'd, Soft dreams of love and pleasure soothe his mind
'Midst fair sultanas lost in idle joy,
No wars alarm him, and no fears annoy.
Yet these green hills, in summer's sultry heat, Have lent the monarch oft a cool retreat. Sweet to the sight is Zabran's flowery plain; And once by maids and shepherds lov'd in vain! No more the virgins shall delight to rove By Sargis' banks, or Irwan's shady grove; On Tarkie's mountain catch the cooling gale, Or breathe the sweets of Aly's flowery vale: Fair scene! but, ah! no more with peace possest, With ease alluring, and with plenty blest!" No more the shepherds whitening tents appear, Nor the kind products of a bounteous year;. No more the date, with snowy blossoms crown'd! But ruin spreads her baleful fires around.
In vain Circassia boasts her spicy groves, For ever fam'd for pure and happy loves: In vain she boasts her fairest of the fair,
Their eyes blue languish, and their golden hair! Those eyes in tears their fruitless grief must send; Those hairs the Tartar's cruel hand shall rend.
Ye Georgian swains, that piteous learn from far Circassia's ruin, and the waste of war;
Some weightier arms than crooks and staffs prepare,
Wild as his land, in native deserts bred,
The villain Arab, as he prowls for prey,
Oft marks with blood and wasting flames the way.
To death inur'd, and nurst in scenes of woe,
He said; when loud along the vale was heard A shriller shriek; and nearer fires appear'd': The affrighted shepherds, through the dews of night, Wide o'er the moonlight hills renew'd their flight.
ODE TO PITY.
THOU, the friend of man assiga'd,
When first Distress, with dagger keen,
By Pella's bard, a magic name,
But wherefore need I wander wide
Euripides, of whom Aristotle pronounces, on a comparison of him with Sophocles, that he was the greater master of the tender passions, ην τραγικωτερος.