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« Sense that shuns each conscious air,
“ Let not lucre, let not pride
« See, to sweeten thy repose,
" Seek no more----the rest is vain :
Nerine Galatea ! thymo mihi dulcior Hybla!
“ Let fops with fickle falfhood range
The paths of wanton love,
And sadden every grove :
But endless bleffings crown the day,
I saw fair Esham's dale!
To Nancy of the Vale.
'Twas from Avona's banks the maid
Diffus'd her lovely beams;
The Naïd of the streams.
Soft as the wild-duck's tender young;
That float on Avon's tide; Bright as the water-lily, sprung,
And glittering near it's fide.
Fresh as the bordering flowers, her bloom :
Her eye, all mild to view; The little halcyon's azure plume
Was never half so blue.
Her shape was like the reed so fleek,
So taper, ftrait, and fair ;
How charming fweet they were !
Far in the winding Vale retird,
This peerless bud I found ;
To fence her beauties round,
That Nature in so lone a de!1
Should form a Nymph so fweet! Or Fortune to her secret cell
Conduct my wandering feet!
Gay lordlings fought her for their bride,
But she would ne'er incline : “ Prove to your equals true, the cry'd,
“ As I will prove to mine.
“ 'Tis Strephon, on the mountain's brow,
“ Has won my right good will ; " To him I gave my plighted vow,
6. With him I'll climb the hill."
Struck with her charms and gentle truth,
; To her alone I gave my youth,
And vow my future care.
And when this vow shall faithless prove,
Or I those charms forego;
That stream fhall cease to flow.
ODE to INDOLENCE, 1750.
By the Same.
H! why for ever on the wing
Perfifts my weary'd soul to roam? Why, ever cheated, ftrives to bring
Or pleasure or contentment home?
Thus the poor bird, that draws his name
From paradife's honour'd groves, Ceaseless fatigues his little frame ; :
Nor finds the resting place he loves. : ? ? I
Lo! on the rural moffy bed
My limbs with careless.ease reclin'd;
The fame soft bandage o'er my mind.
For why should lingering thought invade,
Yet every worldly prospect cloy? Lend me, foft Sloth, thy friendly aid, And give me peace, debarr'd of joy.