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1 WHAT means this silent, solitary gloom?
2 All nature in her dishabille appears;
3 Contracted flow'rets yield no sweet perfume,
4 And ev'ry grove a dismal aspect wears.
5 Nor do the joys of Autumn glad our plains;
6 Our landscapes are in sable weeds array'd;
7 No jocund sound is heard among the swains,
8 And nought but sighs from each dejected maid.
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9 Rude Eurus echoing through the distant woods,
10 With harsh, discordant note, augments our wo;
11 While rains, impetuous, from the bursting clouds,
12 Our verdant walks and pleasure-grounds o'erflow.
13 Incumber'd by their foliage now, the trees,
14 With leaves, untimely dropp'd, bestrew the ground:
15 Because Matilda's presence does not please,
16 All bleak and dismal seem the fields around.
17 Her placid looks bespoke a mind serene,
18 Each feature wore an unaffected smile;
19 Her's was the pow'r to beautify the scene,
20 And sweetly gay the languid hours beguile.
21 Her count'nance milder than an April morn,
22 When Phoebus first emits his infant rays;
23 More radiant beauties do her mind adorn,
24 Than ere were brighten'd by his noon-tide blaze.
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25 Fair Virtue, cloth'd in all it's native sweets,
26 Celestial precepts in her breast inlaid;
27 And oft, as friendly intercourse invites,
28 In softest accents from her lips convey'd.
29 But now she's gone, a sullen sadness reigns!
30 Absorb'd in grief we still her absence mourn,
31 Or beg that heaven would smile upon our plains,
32 And grant a blessing in her swift return.


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Genres: heroic quatrain; occasional poem

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Little, Janet, 1759-1813. The Poetical Works of Janet Little, the Scotch Milkmaid. Air: Printed by John & Peter Wilson, 1792, pp. [37]-39.  (ESTC T126549) (Page images digitized from a copy in the Library of the University of California, Los Angeles.)

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