1 THOU bidst! "my purple slumbers fly"
2 Day's radiance pours upon my eye.
3 I wake I live! the sense o'erpays
4 The trivial griefs of early days.
5 What! tho' the rose-bud on my cheek
6 Hath shed its leaves, which late so sleek,
7 Spoke youth, and joy and careless thought,
8 By guilt, or fear, or shame un-smote,
9 My blooming soul is yet in youth,
10 Its lively sense attests the truth.
11 O! I can wander yet, and taste
12 The beauties of the flow'ry waste;
13 The nightingale's deep swell can feel,
14 Whilst from my lids the soft drops steal;
15 Rapt! gaze upon the gem-deck'd night,
16 And mark the clear moon's silent flight;
17 Whilst the slow river's crumpled wave
18 Repeats the quiv'ring beams she gave.
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19 Nor yet, the pencil strives in vain,
20 To wake upon the canvas plain,
21 All the strong passions of the mind,
22 Or hint the sentiment refin'd;
23 To its sweet magic yet I bow,
24 As when Youth deck'd my polish'd brow.
25 The chisel's feath'ry touch to trace,
26 Thro' the nerv'd form, or soften'd grace,
27 Is lent me still. Still I admire,
28 And kindle at the Poet's fire
29 My torch, at Della Crusca's light,
30 And distant, follow his superior flight.
31 O Time! since these are left me still,
32 Of lesser thefts e'en take thy fill:
33 Yes, steal the lustre from my eye,
34 And bid the soft Carnation fly;
35 My tresses sprinkle with thy snow,
36 Which boasted once the auburn glow;
37 Warp the slim form that was ador'd
38 By him, so lov'd, my bosom's LORD
39 But leave me, when all these you steal,
40 The mind to taste, the nerve to feel!


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Title (in Source Edition): TO DELLA CRUSCA.
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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. []-20. [8],139,[1]p.; 8⁰. (ESTC T90094; OTA K073164.000) (Page images digitized by University of Minnesota Library.)

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