THE LOVER AND THE FRIEND.
1 ENDUED with all that could adorn
2 Or bless thee, first and fairest born!
3 A soul! that looks superior down,
4 Let giddy Fortune smile or frown;
5 With Age's wisdom, not her years,
6 Stella, all excellence appears;
7 Then, who can blame me if I blend
8 The name of Lover with the Friend.
9 Like Noah's dove, my busy breast
10 Has rov'd to find a place of rest!
11 Some faithful bosom, to repose,
12 And hush the family of woes.
13 Then, do I dream? or have I found
14 The fair and hospitable ground?
15 Ah! quit your sex's rules, and lend
16 A Lover's wishes to the Friend.
17 Absence I try'd, — but try'd in vain!
18 It heals not, but upbraids my pain;
19 For thee! I'd bear the reaper's toil;
20 For thee! consume the midnight oil;
21 Then, to your judgment wou'd I owe
22 All that I read, and write, and know.[Page 315]
23 Can those who wish like me, pretend
24 To part the Lover and the Friend?
25 Come, then, and let us dare to prove
26 Disinterested sweets of Love;
27 For generous Love no dwelling finds
28 In poor and mercenary minds:
29 Laugh at Life's idle fiuttering things;
30 Look down with pity upon kings;
31 Careless! who like, or discommend,
32 Blest in the Lover and the Friend!
33 Oh! come, and we'll together haste
34 O'er Life's uncomfortable waste:
35 Bear the sharp thorn, to find the rose,
36 And smile at transitory woes:
37 Keep the bright goal of Hope in view,
38 Nor look behind, as others do;
39 'Till death, and only death shall end
40 At once the Lover and the Friend.
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Author: Andrew Hervey Mills
Themes: love; friendship
References: DMI 32536
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Pearch, G. A collection of poems in four volumes. By several hands. Vol. II. [The second edition]. London: printed for G. Pearch, 1770, pp. 314-315. 4v. ; 8⁰. (ESTC T116245; DMI 1135; OTA K093079.002) (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian Library [(OC) 280 o.789].)
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