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• Alas! the joys that fortune brings

Are trifling, and decay ;
And those who prize the paultry things
• More trifling still than they,

• And what is Friendship but a name,

• A charm that lulls to sleep; • A shade that follows wealth or fame,

And leaves the wretch to weep?

And Love is still an emptier sound,

^ The modern fair-one's jest ; « On earth unseen, or only found

. To warm the turtle's nest.

« For shame, fond youth ! thy sorrows hush,

? And spurn the sex !' he faid: But while he spoke, a rising blush

His love-lorn guest betray'd.

Surpriz'd he sees new beauties rise,

Swift mantling to the view,
Like colours o'er the morning skies,

As bright, as transient too.

The bashful look, the rising breast,

Alternate spread alarms;
The lovely stranger stands confessd

A maid in all her charms.

• And, ah! forgive a stranger rude,

« A wretch forlorn,' she cry'd, • Whose feet unhallow'd thus intrude

• Where Heaven and you reside!

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• But let a maid thy pity share,

• Whom love has taught to stray ; • Who seeks for rest, but finds despair

• Companion of her way.

My father liv'd beside the Tyne,

• A wealthy lord was he; · And all his wealth was mark'd as mine ;

• He had but only me.

• To win me from his tender arms

• Unnumber'd suitors came ; • Who prais'd me for imputed charms,

! And felt, or feign'd a flame.

• Each hour a mercenary crowd

• With richest proffers (trove; . Among the rest young Edwin bow'd,

• But never talk'd of love.

• In humble, simplest habit clad,

:: No wealth or power had he; • Wisdom and worth were all he had,

• But these were all to me.

• The blossom opening to the day,

The dews of heaven refin'd, • Could nought of purity display

• To emulate his mind.

: The dew, the blossoms of the tree,

« With charms inconstant shine : • Their charms were his ; but, woe to me!

• Their conftancy was mine.

• For

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NCE, I remember well the day,

'Twas ere the blooming (weets of May
Had lost their freshest hues;
When every flower on every hill,
In every vale, had drank it's fill

Of sunshine and of dews.

In short, 'twas that sweet season's prime,
When Spring gives up the reins of Time

To Summer's glowing hand,
And doubting mortals hardly know
By whose command the breezes blow

Which fan the smiling land.

?Twas then, beside a green-wood shade,
Which cloath'd a lawn's aspiring head,

I urg'd my devious way,
With loit'ring steps, regardless where,
So Soft, fo genial was the air,

So wond'rous bright the day.

And now my eyes with transport rove
O'er all the blue expanse above,

Unbroken by a cloud!

And

And now beneath delighted pass,
Where winding thro' the deep-green grass

A full-brimm'd river flow'd.

I stop, I gaze ; in accents rude,
To thee, fereneft Solitude,

Burft forth th' unbidden lay:
• Be gone, vile world! the learn'd, the wise,
• The great, the bufy I despise,

• And pity e'en the gay.

· These, these are joys alone,' I cry; < 'Tis here, divine Philosophy,

• Thou deign'it to fix thy throne ! • Here Contemplation points the road, « Thro' Nature's charms, to Nature's God!

· These, these are joys alone !

• Adieu, ye vain low-thoughted cares, Ye human hopes, and human fears,

Ye pleasures and ye pains ! While thus I spake, o’er all my soul A philosophick calmness stole,

A stoick ftillness reigns.

The tyrant passions all subside,
Fear, anger, pity, shame and pride,

No more my bosom move ;
Yet ftill I felt, or seem'd to feel,
A kind of visionary zeal

Of universal love.

When, lo! a voice, a voice I hear ! 'Twas Reason whisper'd in my car

These monitory strains:

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