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On Two Young Ladies leaving the Country.

1 SAY, lovely Nymphs! who fly from rural Sweets,
2 To noisy Crowds, thick Air, and smoaky Streets,
3 Do Balls, or Plays, your graceful Steps invite?
4 Can Balls, or Plays, like Richmond Groves, delight?
5 No tuneful PHILOMEL, in Town, complains,
6 To charm your list'ning Ear with vary'd Strains;
7 No fragrant Gales refresh the sick'ning Fields,
8 No chearful flow'ry Scenes the City yields:
9 But Mists, and lambent Fogs, where-e'er you pass,
10 Shall cloud the Graces, that adorn your Face;
11 While those bright Eyes, like sully'd Gems, appear,
12 Or Stars, just glimm'ring thro' the dusky Air.
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13 NOR will you only Change of Beauty find;
14 Illusive Scenes will mock your pensive Mind:
15 In cloudless Mornings, when you've drank your Tea,
16 And read a Page in SHERLOCK, or in GAY;
17 Perhaps your Thoughts, transported, here may rove,
18 And, to your Mind, present the blissful Grove:
19 You'll think to walk by silver Thames's Shore;
20 Or trace the verdant Mead, as heretofore:
21 When at the Door, the rural Vision flies;
22 Smoak, Coaches, Fops, and Carmen meet your Eyes:
23 Straight back you'll turn, vex'd with the fruitless Search;
24 Bid
* The Footman.
ROBERT call a Chair, and go to Church.


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Title (in Source Edition): On Two Young Ladies leaving the Country.
Author: Stephen Duck
Themes: nature
Genres: heroic couplet; occasional poem

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Duck, Stephen, 1705-1756. Poems on several occasions: By Stephen Duck. London: printed for the author, 1736, pp. 158-159. xl,334,[2]p. ; 4⁰. (ESTC T90234; OTA K073280.000)

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