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Thy labours, Lownds, can greater wonders do,
Thou raiseft armies, and canst pay them too.
Truce with thy dreaded pen ; thy Annals cease ;
Why need we armies when the land's in peace ?
Soldiers are perfect devils in their way,
When once they're rais'd, they're cursed hard to lay.
ONG had Panthea felt Love's secret smart,
And hope and fear alternate ruld her heart ; Consenting glances had her flame confeft. (In woman's eyes her very fouł's expreft) Perjur'd Alexis saw the blushing maid, He saw, he swore, he conquer'd and betray'd. Another love now calls him from her arms, His fickle heart another beauty warms; Those oaths oft' whisper'd in Panthea's ears, He now again to Galatea fwears. Beneath a beech th' abandon’d virgin laid, In grateful solitude enjoys the shade ; There with faint voice the breath'd these moving strains, While sighing Zephyrs shar'd her am'rous pains.
Pale fettled sorrow hangs upon my brow, Dead are my charms; Alexis breaks his vow! Think, think, dear shepherd, on the days you knew, When I was happy, when my swain was true; Think how thy looks and tongue are form'd to move, And think yet more that all my fault was love. Ah, could
view me in this wretched state ! You might not love me, but you could not hate.
Could you behold me in this conscious shade,
Where first thy vows, where first my love was paid,
Worn out with watching, fullen with despair,
And see each eye swell with a gufhing tear ?
behold me on this mossy bed,
From my pale cheek the lively crimson fled,
Which in my softer hours you oft have sworn,
With rosy beauty far out-blush'd the morn;
Could you untouch'd this wretched object bear,
And would not loft Panthea claim a tear?
You could not, fure -tears from your eyes would
And unawares thy tender foul reveal.
Ah, no!--thy soul with cruelty is fraught,
No tenderness difturbs thy favage thought;
Sooner shall tygers spare the trembling lambs,
And wolves with pity hear their bleating dams;
Sooner shall vultures from their quarry fly,
Than false Alexis for Panthea sigh.
Thy bosom ne'er a tender thought confeft,
Sure stubborn flint has arm’d thy cruel breast;
But hardest flints are worn by frequent rains,
And the soft drops dissolve their solid veins;
While thy relentless heart more hard appears,
And is not soften’d by a flood of tears.
Ah, what is love! Panthea's joys are gone,
Her liberty, her peace, her reason flown!
And when I view me in the watry glass,
I find Panthea now, not what she was.
As northern winds the new-blown roses blast,
And on the ground their fading ruins cast;
As sudden blights corrupt the ripen'd grain,
And of its verdure spoil the mournful plain ;
So hapless love on blooming features preys,
So hapless love destroys our peaceful days.
Come, gentle sleep, relieve these weary'd eyes,
All forrow in thy soft embraces dies :
There, spite of all thy perjur'd vows, I find
Faithless Alexis languishingly kind;
Sometimes he leads me by the mazy ftream,
And pleasingly deludes me in my dream ;
Sometimes he guides me to the secret grove,
Where all our looks, and all our talk is love.
Oh could I thus consume each tedious day,
And in sweet slumbers dream my life away ;
But sleep, which now no more relieves these eyes,
sad soul the dear deceit denies.
Why does the sun dart forth its chearful rays ?
Why do the woods resound with warbling lays ?
Why does the rose her grateful fragrance yield,
And yellow cowslips paint the smiling field 1
Why do the streams with marm'ring mufick flow,
And why do groves their friendly shade bestow?
Let fable clouds the chearful sun deface,
Let mournful silence seize the feather'd race ;
No more, ye roses, grateful fragrance yield,
Droop, droop, ye cowslips, in the blasted field;
No more, ye streams, with murm’ring musick flow,
And let not groves a friendly shade bestow :
With sympathizing grief let nature mourn,
And never know the youthful spring's return :
And shall I never more Alexis fee i
Then what is spring, or grove, or stream to me?
Why sport the skipping lambs on yonder plain ?
Why do the birds their tuneful voices strain ?
Why frisk those heifers in the cooling grove ?
Their happier life is ignorant of love.
Oh! lead me to some melancholy cave,
To lull my sorrows in a living grave;
From the dark rock where dashing waters fall,
And creeping ivy hangs the craggy wall,
waste in tears my
And never know the seasons or the day.
Die, die, Pantheamfly this hateful grove,
For what is life without the swain I love?