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Curae leves loquuntur, ingentes stupent.
[ed.] Seneca, Phaedra 607. (AH)
1 BENEATH a church-yard yew
2 Decay'd and worn with age,
3 At dusk of eve, methought I spy'd
4 Poor Slender's ghost, that whimpering cry'd,
5 O sweet, O sweet Anne Page!
6 Ye gentle bards, give ear!
7 Who talk of amorous rage,
8 Who spoil the lily, rob the rose;
9 Come learn of me to weep your woes:
10 O sweet! O sweet Anne Page!
11 Why should such labour'd strains
12 Your formal Muse engage?
13 I never dreamt of flame or dart,
14 That fir'd my breast, or pierc'd my heart,
15 But sigh'd, O sweet Anne Page!
16 And you, whose love-sick minds
17 No medicine can assuage!
18 Accuse the leech's art no more,
19 But learn of Slender to deplore;
20 O sweet! O sweet Anne Page!
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21 And you, whose souls are held,
22 Like linnets, in a cage!
23 Who talk of fetters, links, and chains,
24 Attend, and imitate my strains:
25 O sweet! O sweet Anne Page!
26 And you, who boast or grieve,
27 What horrid wars ye wage!
28 Of wounds receiv'd from many an eye,
29 Yet mean as I do when I sigh
30 O sweet! O sweet Anne Page!
31 Hence every fond conceit
32 Of shepherd, or of sage!
33 'Tis Slender's voice, 'tis Slender's way,
34 Expresses all you have to say
35 O sweet! O sweet Anne Page!


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Title (in Source Edition): SLENDER's GHOST.
Themes: sex; relations between the sexes; supernatural
Genres: lament; refrain
References: DMI 27247

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Dodsley, Robert, 1703-1764. A Collection of Poems in Six Volumes. By Several Hands. Vol. V. London: printed by J. Hughs, for R. and J. Dodsley, 1763 [1st ed. 1758], pp. 56-57. 6v.: music; 8⁰. (ESTC T131163; OTA K104099.005) (Page images digitized by the Eighteenth-Century Poetry Archive from a copy in the archive's library.)

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