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1 GO, idle boy, I quit thy power,
2 Thy couch of many a thorn and flower,
3 Thy twanging bow, thine arrow keen,
4 Deceitful Beauty's timid mien;
5 The feign'd surprise, the roguish leer,
6 The tender smile, the thrilling tear,
7 Have now no pangs no joys for me,
8 So, fare thee well, for I am free!
9 Then flutter hence on wanton wing,
10 Or lave thee in yon lucid spring,
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11 Or take thy beverage from the rose,
12 Or on Louisa's breast repose,
13 I wish thee well for pleasures past,
14 Yet bless the hour I'm free at last!
15 But sure methinks the alter'd day
16 Scatters around a mournful ray;
17 And chilly every zephyr blows,
18 And every stream untuneful flows.
19 No rapture swells the linnet's voice,
20 No more the vocal groves rejoice;
21 And e'en thy song, sweet bird of eve
22 With whom I lov'd so oft to grieve,
23 Now, scarce regarded, meets my ear
24 Unanswer'd by a sigh or tear;
25 No more with devious steps I choose
26 To brush the mountain's morning dews;
27 "To drink the spirit of the breeze,"
28 Or wander midst o'er-arching trees;
29 Or woo with undisturb'd delight
30 The palecheek'd Virgin of the night,
31 That, peering through the leafy bower,
32 Throws on the ground a silver shower.
33 Alas! is all this boasted ease
34 To lose each warm desire to please?
35 No sweet solicitude to know
36 For other's bliss, for other's woe,
37 A frozen apathy to find
38 A sad vacuity of mind?
39 O! hasten back, thou heavenly boy,
40 And with thine anguish bring thy joy;
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41 Return with all thy torments here,
42 And let me hope, and doubt, and fear;
43 O! rend my heart with every pain,
44 But let me, let me love again!


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Title (in Source Edition): THE ADIEU AND RECALL TO LOVE.
Genres: allegory

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Blamire, Susanna, 1747-1794. The Poetical Works of Miss Susanna Blamire “The muse of Cumberland.” Now for the first time collected by Henry Lonsdale, M.D. with a preface, memoir, and notes by Patrick Maxwell, ... Edinburgh: John Menzies, 61 Princes Street; R. Tyas, London; D. Robertson, Glasgow; and C. Thurnam, Carlisle. MDCCCXLII., 1842, pp. 69-71.  (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian Library [42.256].)

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