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1 BASKING thus in fortune's way,
2 Would you leave so bright a day?
3 See the captive lover wait,
4 Must you die to seal his fate?
5 Hark! the poet tunes his lyre,
6 Cruel! would you damp his fire?
7 Balmy zephyrs court your breath,
8 Not the bitter blasts of death:
9 Bright in youth and beauty's charms,
10 Do you seek his icy arms?
11 Oh must friendship plead in vain,
12 Can you give so keen a pain?
13 Once, as ancient stories tell,
14 Music prov'd its pow'r in hell;
15 Music in the hand of love,
16 E'en the ear of death could move,
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17 And its adamantine chains
18 Melted at harmonious strains.
19 Live, and bloom in fortune's ray,
20 While she gives so bright a day.
21 Live, and be the poet's theme,
22 Feed the rapture of his dream;
23 Let a friendship most refin'd,
24 Beam its comforts on your mind;
25 Softer than a western breeze,
26 It shall breathe to give you ease,
27 All affection can inspire,
28 Apollo's wit and Orpheus 'lyre.


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Title (in Source Edition): TO ANNA.
Author: Eliza Day
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Daye, Eliza, b. ca. 1734. Poems, on Various Subjects. Liverpool: Printed by J. M'Creery, 1798, pp. [42]-43. [2],x,[4],258p.; 8° (ESTC T132359) (Page images digitized by University of California Libraries.)

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