1 WHEN Spring came on with fresh Delight,
2 To cheer the Soul, and charm the Sight,
3 While easy Breezes, softer Rain,
4 And warmer Suns salute the Plain;
5 'Twas then, in yonder Piny Grove,
6 That Nature went to meet with Love.
7 Green was her Robe, and green her Wreath,
8 Where-e'er she trod, 'twas green beneath;
9 Where-e'er she turn'd, the Pulses beat
10 With new recruits of Genial Heat;
11 And in her Train the Birds appear,
12 To match for all the coming Year.
13 Rais'd on a Bank, where Daizys grew,
14 And Vi'lets intermix'd a Blew,
15 She finds the Boy she went to find;
16 A thousand Pleasures wait behind,
17 Aside, a thousand Arrows lye,
18 But all unfeather'd wait to fly.
19 When they met, the Dame and Boy,
20 Dancing Graces, idle Joy,
21 Wanton Smiles, and airy Play,
22 Conspir'd to make the Scene be gay;
23 Love pair'd the Birds through all the Grove,
24 And Nature bid them sing to Love,
25 Sitting, hopping, flutt'ring, sing,
26 And pay their Tribute from the Wing,
27 To fledge the Shafts that idly lye,
28 And yet unfeather'd wait to fly.
29 'Tis thus, when Spring renews the Blood,
30 They meet in ev'ry trembling Wood,
31 And thrice they make the Plumes agree,
32 And ev'ry Dart they mount with three,
33 And ev'ry Dart can boast a Kind,
34 Which suits each proper turn of Mind.
35 From the tow'ring Eagle's Plume
36 The Gen'rous Hearts accept their Doom;
37 Shot by the Peacock's painted Eye
38 The vain and airy Lovers dye:
39 For careful Dames and frugal Men,
40 The Shafts are speckled by the Hen.
41 The Pyes and Parrots deck the Darts,
42 When Prattling wins the panting Hearts:
43 When from the Voice the Passions spring,
44 The warbling Finch affords a Wing:[Page 26]
45 Together, by the Sparrow stung,
46 Down fall the wanton and the young:
47 And fledg'd by Geese the Weapons fly,
48 When others love they know not why.
49 All this (as late I chanc'd to rove)
50 I learn'd in yonder waving Grove.
51 And see, says Love, (who call'd me near)
52 How much I deal with Nature here,
53 How both support a proper Part,
54 She gives the Feather, I the Dart:
55 Then cease for Souls averse to sigh,
56 If Nature cross ye, so do I;
57 My Weapon there unfeather'd flies,
58 And shakes and shuffles through the Skies.
59 But if the mutual Charms I find
60 By which she links you, Mind to Mind,[Page 28]
61 They wing my Shafts, I poize the Darts,
62 And strike from both, through both your Hearts.