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Sitting in an Arbour.

1 SWEET Muse descend and bless the Shade,
2 And bless the Evening Grove;
3 Business and Noise and Day are fled,
4 And every Care but Love.
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5 But hence, Ye Wanton Young and Fair,
6 Mine is a purer Flame,
7 No Phillis shall infect the Air
8 With her unhallowed Name.
9 Jesus has all my Powers possest,
10 My Hopes, my Fears, my Joys:
11 He the dear Sovereign of my Breast
12 Shall still command my Voice.
13 Some of the fairest Quires above
14 Shall flock around my Song,
15 With Joy to hear the Name they Love
16 Sound from a Mortal Tongue.
17 His Charms shall make my Numbers flow,
18 And hold the falling Floods,
19 While Silence sits on every Bough
20 And bends the List'ning Woods.
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21 I'le carve our Passion on the, Bark,
22 And every wounded Tree
23 Shall drop and bear some Mystick Mark
24 That Jesus dy'd for me.
25 The Swains shall wonder when they read
26 Inscrib'd on all the Grove,
27 That Heaven it Self came down, and bled
28 To win a Mortals Love.


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Title (in Source Edition): Sitting in an Arbour.
Author: Isaac Watts
Genres: hymn

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Watts, Isaac, 1674-1748. Horæ lyricæ: Poems, chiefly of the lyric kind. In two books. ... By I. Watts. London: Printed by S. and D. Bridge, for John Lawrence at the Sign of the Angel in the Poultrey. MDCCVI., 1706, pp. 88-90. [20],267,[1]p.; 8⁰. (ESTC T82397; OTA K067329.000) (Page images digitized from a copy in the Princeton Theological Seminary Library.)

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