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1 WHEN first upon your tender cheek
2 I saw the morn of beauty break
3 With mild and chearing beam,
4 I bow'd before your infant shrine,
5 The earliest sighs you had were mine,
6 And you my darling theme.
7 I saw you in that opening morn
8 For beauty's boundless empire born,
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9 And first confess'd your sway;
10 And e'er your thoughts, devoid of art,
11 Could learn the value of a heart,
12 I gave my heart away.
13 I watch'd the dawn of every grace,
14 And gaz'd upon that angel face,
15 While yet 'twas safe to gaze;
16 And fondly blest each rising charm,
17 Nor thought such innocence could harm
18 The peace of future days.
19 But now despotic o'er the plains
20 The awful noon of beauty reigns,
21 And kneeling crowds adore;
22 These charms arise too fiercely bright,
23 Danger and death attend the sight,
24 And I must hope no more.
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25 Thus to the rising God of day
26 Their early vows the Persians pay,
27 And bless the spreading fire;
28 Whose glowing chariot mounting soon
29 Pours on their heads the burning noon;
30 They sicken, and expire.


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

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Barbauld, Mrs. (Anna Letitia), 1743-1825. Poems. London: printed for Joseph Johnson, 1773, pp. 71-81. vi,138p. ; 4⁰. (ESTC T236; OTA K019955.000) (Page images digitized by New York Public Library.)

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