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1 WHILE Phoebus did our summer arbours cheer,
2 And joys Autumnal crown'd our circling year;
3 Even then my thoughts to you excursions made,
4 And ardently the bypast scenes survey'd;
5 Where oft we met in Eccles' peaceful bow'rs,
6 While social pleasure mark'd the passing hours.
7 From there sweet scenes I found myself remov'd,
8 I fear'd no more remember'd or belov'd.
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9 Forgot by Nell, whose friendship seem'd sincere,
10 Such cold neglect, who undisturb'd could bear?
11 Mild Autumn now resigns to rougher skies,
12 And frightful storms, in wild commotion, rise.
13 The tempest howls, while dark December reigns,
14 And scatters desolation o'er the plains.
15 Just as the sun bursts from the wintry cloud,
16 Which oft does now his native glory shroud,
17 Your welcome letter cheers my anxious soul;
18 For humour, wit, and friendship grace the whole.
19 Well pleas'd I find you on Parnassus' hill;
20 The more I read, the more I prize your skill.
21 The Muses coy, you seem to catch with ease,
22 And unfatigu'd attain the art to please.
23 Go on, dear Nell, the laureate-wreath pursue,
24 In time perhaps you may receive your due.
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25 We'll beat the bushes for the rustic Muse,
26 Where ev'ry dunce her inspiration sues.
27 'Mongst the vast crowd, let you and I aspire
28 To share a little of Apollo's fire.
29 If Fortune prove, like Cupid, ever blind,
30 We may perhaps some petty favour find;
31 But if no more we gain by these our lays,
32 We'll please ourselves with one another's praise.


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Title (in Source Edition): ANOTHER EPISTLE TO NELL.
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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. [122]-124.  (ESTC T126549) (Page images digitized from a copy in the Library of the University of California, Los Angeles.)

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