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1 WANDERING in the still of eve,
2 While songsters homeward cleave the air,
3 With lively notes my voice I tun'd,
4 To usher in the ev'ning star;
5 But straying near a woody brake,
6 Sweet sounds of melody ascend,
7 Oft intermix'd with sighs and tears:
8 Anxious a pitying ear I lend,
9 As from a vale below thus sad they roll'd:
10 "Ah! idiot Fortune, why
11 " Should genius somther'd die
12 "When fled by base delusive gold?
13 " When fled by base delusive gold?
14 "Wavering in a doubtful state,
15 " Impell'd by reason and desire,
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16 "Strongly I feel an innate pow'r
17 " Raising the sparks of youthful fire;
18 "While warmer fancy, genuine art,
19 " Urg'd by the touch, break forth to flame;
20 "But, chill'd by the cold worldling's frown,
21 " And starv'd by reason, sink again.
22 "Bewilder'd now I see the book of fate unfold:
23 " Ah! idiot Fortune, why
24 "Should genius smother'd die
25 " When fled by base delusive gold?
26 "When fled by base delusive gold?
27 "Unerring Pow'r! dare I complain?
28 " Yet sure mysterious is thy way!
29 "That the vile dust dug from the earth
30 " Should rule with such unbounded sway;
31 "Should smother up the seeds of love,
32 " And check the emanating fire
33 "That swells the rip'ning artist's breast,
34 " And wakes the soul-entrancing lyre!
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35 "Ah! sad disgrace to man's diviner mould!
36 " For, idiot Fortune! why
37 "Should genius smother'd die,
38 " When fled by base delusive gold?
39 "When fled by base delusive gold?
40 "Murmuring thus at partial fate,
41 " The wretch's comfort I pursue:
42 "How sweet those plaintive moments pass,
43 " How tuneful, but alas! how few!
44 "Courting the Muses, here my lute
45 " Soft I attune, and hail the sky,
46 "Reading the traits of heavenly love,
47 " Aloud I breathe this ardent sigh:
48 "Ah! when to me will Nature's works unfold?
49 " Through cruel Fortune, I
50 "In canker'd rust may die,
51 " If fled by thee, delsuive gold!
52 "If fled by thee, delsuive gold!"


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Title (in Source Edition): SONG.
Genres: song

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Cristall, Ann Batten. Poetical Sketches by Ann Batten Cristall. London: Printed for J. Johnson, St. Paul's Church Yard, 1795, pp. 33-35. [14],187,[1]p.; 8⁰. (ESTC T126557)

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