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Go, gentle gales, and bear my sighs away!
To Delia's ear the tender notes convey.
As some sad turtle his lost love deplores,
And with deep murmurs fill the sounding shores.
Thus far from Delia, to the winds I mourn,
Alike unheard, unpitied, and forlorn.
Go, gentle gales, and bear my sighs along!
For her, the feather'd quires neglect their song ;
For her, the limes their pleasing shades deny;
For, her, the lilies hang their heads and die.
Ye flowers that droop, forsaken by the spring,
Ye birds that, left hy summer, cease to sing,
Ye trees, that fade when autumn heats remove;
Say, is not absence death to those who love?
Go, gentle gales, and bear my sighs away
Curs'd be the fields that cause my Delia's stay:
Fade every blossom, wither every tree,
Die every flow'r, and perish all but she.-
What have I said? Where'er my Delia flies.
Let spring attend, and sudden flow'rs arise !
Let opening roses knotted oaks adorn,
And liquid amber drop from every thorn.
Go, gentle gales, and bear my sighs along!
The birds shall cease to tune their evening song,
The winds to breathe, the waving woods to move,
And streams to murmer, ere I cease to love.
Not bubbling fountains to the thirsty swain,
Not balmy sleep to labourers faint with pain,
Not showers to larks, or sunshine to the bee,
Are half so charming as thy sight to me.
Go, gentle gales, and bear my sighs away! Come, Delia, come; ab, why this long delay ? Through rocks and caves the name of Delia sounds, Delia each cave and echoing rock rebounds. Ye pow'rs what pleasing frenzy soothes my mind! Do lovers dream, or is my Delia kind ? She comes, my Delia comes !-Now cease piy lay, And cease, ye gales, 10 bear my sighs away!
Next Ægon sung, while Windsor groves admir'd: Rehearse, yo Muses, what yourselves inspir'd.
Resound, ye hills, resound my mournful strain! Of perjur'd Doris, dying I complain: Here where the mountains, lessening as they rise, Lose the low vales, and steal into the skies:
While labouring oxen, spent with toil and heat,
In their loose traces from the field retreat;
While curling smokes from village-tops are seen,
And the fleet shades glide o'er the dusky green,
Resound, ye hills resound my mournful lay!
Beneath yon poplar oft we pass'd the day :
Oft on the rind I carv'd her amorous vows,
While she with garlands hung the bending boughs:
The garlands fade, the vows are worn away;
So dies her love, and so my hopes decay.
Resound, ye hills, resound my mournful strain!
Now bright Arcturus glads the jeeming grain ;
Now golden fruits on loaded branches shine,
And grateful clusters swell with floods of wine ;
Now blushing berries paint the yellow grove :
Just gods! shall all things yield returns but love!
Resound, ye hills, resound my mournful lay!
The shepherds cry, '“ Thy flocks are left a prey.".
Ah! what avails it me the flocks to keep,
Who lost my heart while I preserv'd my sheep!
Pan came, and ask'd, “What magic caus'd my
Or what ill eyes malignant glances dart ?”
What eyes but hers, alas, have pow'r to move!
And is there magic, but what divells in love!
Resound, ye hills, resound my mournful strains !
I'll fly from shepherds, flocks, and flowery plains ;
From shepherds, flocks, and plains, I may remove,
Forsake mankind and all the world-but love!
I know thee, Love! on foreign mountains bred,
Wolves gave thee suck, and savage tigers fed ,
Thou wert from Ætna's burning entrails torn,
Got by fierce whirlwinds, and in thunder born!
Resound, ye hills, resound my mournful lay! Farewell, ye woods; adieu the light of day! One leap from yonder cliff shall end my pains, No more, ye hills, no more resound my scrains! Thus sung the shepherds till th' approach of
night, The skick yet blushing with departed light, When falling dew's with spangles deck'd the glace, And the low sun had lengthen'd every shade.
To the Memory of Mrs. Tempest.
Lycidas. THYRSIS! the music of that murmuring
Is not so mournful as the strains you sing;
Nor rivers winding through the vales below,
So sweetly warble, or so smoothly flow.
Now sleeping flocks on their soft fleeces lie,
The moon, serene in glory, inounts the sky;
While silent birds forget their
tuneful lays, O sing of Daphne's fate, and Daphne's praise ! Thyr. Behold the groves that shine with silver
Their beauty wither'd and their verdure lost.
Here shall I try the sweet Alexis' strain,
That call’d the listening Dryads to the plain ?
Thames heard the numbers, as he flow'd along,
And bade his willows learn the moving song.
Lyc. So may kind rains their vital moisture yield,
And swell the future harvest of the field.
Begin: this charge the dying Daphne gave,
And said, “Ye shepherds, sing around my grave!"
Sing, while beside the shaded iomb I
mourn, And with fresh bays her rural shrine adorn. Thyr. Ye gentle Muses, leave your crystal
spring; Let nymphs and sylvans cypress-garlands bring :. Ye weeping loves, the stream with myrtles hide,, And break your bows, as when Adonis died; And with your golden darts, now useless grown, Inscribe a verse on this relenting stone: “Let nature changę, let Heav'n and earth.deplorer: Fair Daphne's dead, and love is now no mora !!
'Tis done; and nature's various charms decay, See gloomy clouds obscure the cheerful day!. Now hung with pearls the drooping trees appeari, Their faded honours scatter'd' op her bier, See where on earth the flowery.glories lio, With her they fourist'd,, and with her they die..
Ah! what avail the beauties nature wore ?
Fair Daphne's dead, and beauty is no more!
For her the flocks refuse their verdant food,
The thirsty heifers shiun the gliding flood;
The silver swans her hapless fate bemoan,
In notes more sad than when they sing their own :
In hollow caves sweet Echo silent lies,
Silent, or only to her name replies;
Her name with pleasure once she taught the shore
Now Daphne's dead, and pleasure is no more!
No grateful dews descend from evening skies,
Nor morning odours from the flowers arise ;
No rich perfumes refresh the fruitful field,
Nor fragrant herbs the native incense yield.
The balmy zephyrs, silent since her death,
Lament the ceasing of a sweeter breath ;
Th’ industrious bees neglect their golden store:
Fair Daphne's dead, and sweetness is no more!
.No more the mountain larks, while Daphne sings,
Shall, listening in mid air, suspend their wings;
No more the birds shall imitate her lays,
Or, hush'd with wonder, hearken from the sprays;
No more the streams their murmurs shall forbear,
A sweeter music than their own to hear;
But tell the reeds, and tell the vocal shore,
Fair Daphne's dead, and music is no more!
Her fate is whisper'd by the gentle breeze, And told in sighs to all the trembling trees; The trembling trees, in every plain and wood, Her fate remurmur to the silver flood; The silver flood, so lately calm, appears Swell’d with new passion, and e'erflows with
The winds and trees and floods her death deplore,
Daphne, our grief, our glory now no more!
But see! where Daphne wondering mounts on
Above the clouds, above the starry sky!
Eternal beauties grace the shining scene,
Fields ever fresh, and groves for ever green!
There while you rest in amaranthine howers,
Or from those meads select unfading flowers,
Behold us kindly who your name implore,
Daphne, our goddess, and our grief no more!
Lyc. How all things listen, while thy Muse com
plains ! Such silence waits on Philomela's strains, In some still evening, when the whisp'ring breeze Pants on the leaves, and dies upon the trees. To thee, bright goddess, oft a lamb shall bleed, If teeming ewes increase my fleecy breed, While plants their shade, or flowers their odours
give, Thy vame, thy honour, and thy praise shall live!
Thyr. But see, Orion sheds unwholesome dews; Arise, the pines a noxious shade diffuse : Sharp Boreas blows, and Nature feels decay, Time conquers all, and we must time obey, Adieu, ye vales, ye mountains, streams, and groves; Adieu, ye shepherd's rural lays and loves; Adieu, my flocks; farewell, ye sylvan crew; Daphne, farewell'; and all the world adieu !