1 O! SEIZE again thy golden quill,
2 And with its point my bosom thrill;
3 With magic touch explore my heart,
4 And bid the tear of passion start.
5 Thy golden quill APOLLO gave
6 Drench'd first in bright Aonia's wave:
7 He snatch'd it flutt'ring thro' the sky,
8 Borne on the vapour of a sigh:
9 It fell from Cupid's burnish'd wing
10 As forcefully he drew the string
11 Which sent his keenest, surest dart
12 Thro' a rebellious frozen heart;
13 That had till then defy'd his pow'r,
14 And vacant beat thro' each dull hour.
15 Be worthy then the sacred loan!
16 Seated on Fancy's air-built throne,
17 Immerse it in her rainbow hues,
18 Nor, what the Godheads bid, refuse!
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19 APOLLO, CUPID, shall inspire,
20 And aid thee with their blended fire,
21 The one poetic language give,
22 The other bid thy passion live;
23 With soft ideas fill thy lays,
24 And crown with LOVE thy wint'ry days!


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Title (in Source Edition): TO DELLA CRUSCA. THE PEN.
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Cowley, Mrs. (Hannah), 1743-1809. The Poetry of Anna Matilda. London: printed by John Bell, British Library, Strand, Bookseller to His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales. M DCC LXXXVIII., 1788, pp. []-15. [8],139,[1]p.; 8⁰. (ESTC T90094; OTA K073164.000) (Page images digitized by University of Minnesota Library.)

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