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1 AH me! then is Philida gone?
2 But now! and so blythe as they tell?
3 Yes, hark! her mild spirit is flown,
4 I hear my poor Philida's bell.
5 Stern death counts the Virtues his foes,
6 For they parry a while his fierce dart;
7 So he learnt where they met to repose,
8 And struck gentle Philida's heart.
9 I'll wander by moon-shine along,
10 I'll seek out some shadow retir'd,
11 For Philida lov'd not a throng,
12 Nor bustle or grandeur admir'd.
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13 And near it I'll pensively stray,
14 I'll watch 'till its soft tints shall fade;
15 For pity I'll beg it to stay,
16 And think it is Philida's shade.
17 The west breeze I hear softly blow,
18 And my harp's sweetest chords it employs;
19 The sounds tho' they mournfully flow,
20 Sooth not like my Philida's voice.
21 She is gone! in friendship and love,
22 Here no more shall I Philida see;
23 A span, and I too shall remove,
24 And happy near Philida be.


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Title (in Source Edition): ON THE DEATH OF A FRIEND.
Author: Eliza Day
Genres: occasional poem

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Daye, Eliza, b. ca. 1734. Poems, on Various Subjects. Liverpool: Printed by J. M'Creery, 1798, pp. [51]-52. [2],x,[4],258p.; 8° (ESTC T132359) (Page images digitized by University of California Libraries.)

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