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1 ON the delightful banks of Mein,
2 The muse laments in pensive strain;
3 The nymphs assembl'd on the green,
4 Of Nelly's absence all complain.
5 Our rural swains no joys can find,
6 But still in pensive silence mourn;
7 With heads upon the turf reclin'd
8 They sigh, and wish your swift return.
9 Oft have they curs'd fair Moffat town,
10 With all the virtues of the Well;
11 The sprightly Beau, and rustic clown,
12 Of Nelly's charms delight to tell.
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13 Dear maid, it is for you alone,
14 They spend whole days and nights in sighs;
15 And will you disregard their moan,
16 And all their plaintive notes despise?
17 'Tis Autumn now, the fertile field,
18 Rich Ceres decks with yellow grain;
19 With joy we would our sickles wield,
20 If Nelly deign'd to grace the plain.
21 Come now and of our labours share;
22 None better can that weapon ply;
23 O mitigate Philander's care,
24 Whose toil seems less when you are nigh.
25 Once more, dear Nell, I'd wish to see
26 You cheerful join the rural throng;
27 Your presence would enhance our glee,
28 And sweetly animate my song.


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Title (in Source Edition): TO NELL WHEN AT MOFFAT WELL.
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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. [195]-196.  (ESTC T126549) (Page images digitized from a copy in the Library of the University of California, Los Angeles.)

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