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1 MY days have been so wond'rous free,
2 The little Birds that fly
3 With careless ease from Tree to Tree,
4 Were but as bless'd as I.
5 Ask gliding Waters, if a Tear
6 Of mine encreas'd their Stream?
7 Or ask the flying Gales, if e'er
8 I lent one Sigh to them?
9 But now my former Days retire,
10 And I'm by Beauty caught,
11 The tender Chains of sweet Desire
12 Are fix't upon my Thought.
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13 Ye Nightingales, ye twisting Pines!
14 Ye Swains that haunt the Grove!
15 Ye gentle Echoes, breezy Winds!
16 Ye close Retreats of Love!
17 With all of Nature, all of Art,
18 Assist the dear Design;
19 O teach a young, unpractic'd Heart,
20 To make my Nancy mine.
21 The very Thought of Change I hate,
22 As much as of Despair;
23 Nor ever covet to be great,
24 Unless it be for her.
25 'Tis true, the Passion in my Mind
26 Is mix'd with soft Distress;
27 Yet while the Fair I love is kind,
28 I cannot wish it Less.


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Title (in Source Edition): SONG.
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Parnell, Thomas, 1679-1718. Poems on Several Occasions: Written by Dr. Thomas Parnell, Late Arch-Deacon of Clogher: and Published by Mr. Pope. London: printed for B. Lintot, 1722 [1721], pp. 21-22. [8],221,[3]p.; 8⁰. (ESTC T42652; Foxon p. 554; OTA K041605.000) (Page images digitized from microfilm of a copy in the English Faculty Library, Oxford [XL62.1[Poe]].)

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