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Ah lead forth my flock in the morn,

And the damps of each ev'ning repell;
Alas! I am faint and forlorn :

I have bade my dear Phyllis farewell.
Since Phyllis vouchfaf'd me a look,
I never once dreamt of
my vine
May I lose both my pipe and my crook,
If I knew of a kid that was mine.
I priz'd every hour that went by,

Beyond all that had pleas'd me before;
But now they are paft, and I figh;
And I grieve that I priz❜d them no more.

But why do I languish in vain?

Why wander thus penfively here?
Oh! why did I come from the plain,
Where I fed on the fmiles of my dear?
They tell me, my favourite maid,

The pride of that valley, is flown;
Alas! where with her I have ftray'd,
I could wander with pleasure, alone.
When forc'd the fair nymph to forego,
What anguish I felt at my heart!
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'Twas with pain that she saw me depart.

She gaz'd, as I flowly withdrew;

My path I could hardly difcern;
So fweetly fhe bade me adieu,

I thought that the bade me return.

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 folace wherever I go.





Y banks they are furnish'd with bees, Whofe murmur invites one to fleep; My grottos are shaded with trees,

And my hills are white-over with sheep.

I feldom 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.

II. Not


Not a pine in my grove is there feen,

But with tendrils of woodbine is bound:
Not a beech's more beautiful green,

But a fweet-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 fhe might like to retire
To the bow'r I have labour'd to rear;
Not a fhrub that I heard her admire,

But I hafted and planted it there.
O how fudden the jeffamin strove
With the lilac to render it gay
Already it calls for my love,



the wild branches away.


From the plains, from the woodlands and groves,
What strains of wild melody flow?

How the nightingales warble their loves
From thickets of roses that blow !

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Each bird fhall harmoniously join

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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 fay 'twas a barbarous deed.

For he ne'er could be true, fhe aver'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 fweetnefs unfold
How that pity was due to a dove:
That it ever attended the bold,

And the call'd it the fifter of love.
But her words fuch a pleasure convey,
So much I her accents adore,
Let her speak, and whatever fhe fay,
Methinks I fhould love her the more.

VII. Can


Can a bofom fo gentle remain

Unmov'd, when her Corydon fighs?
Will a nymph that is fond of the plain,
These plains, and this valley defpife?
Dear regions of filence and fhade!

Soft fcenes of contentment and ease!
Where I could have pleasingly ftray'd,
If aught, in her absence, could please.

But where does my Phyllida ftray?
And where are her grots and her bow'rs?
Are the groves and the valleys as gay,

And the fhepherds as gentle as ours?
The groves may perhaps be as fair,

And the face of the valleys as fine; The fwains may in manners compare, But their love is not equal to mine. III. SOLICITUD E. I.


HY will you my paffion reprove? Why term it a folly to grieve? Ere I fhew you the charms of my love,

She is fairer than you can believe.

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