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1 THE tuneful choir in amorous strains
2 Accost their feather'd loves,
3 While each fond mate with equal pains
4 The tender suit approves.
5 With chearful hop from spray to spray
6 They sport along the meals;
7 In social bliss together stray,
8 Where love or fancy leads.
9 Thro' spring's gay scenes each happy pair
10 Their fluttering joys pursue;
11 Its various charms and produce share,
12 For ever kind and true.
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13 Their spritely notes from every shade
14 Their mutual loves proclaim;
15 Till winter's chilling blasts invade,
16 And damp th' enlivening flame.
17 Then all the jocund scene declines,
18 Nor woods nor meads delight;
19 The drooping tribe in secret pines,
20 And mourns th' unwelcome sight.
21 Go, blissful warblers! timely wise,
22 Th' instructive moral tell!
23 Nor thou their meaning lays despise,
24 My charming Annabelle!


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Title (in Source Edition): VALENTINE's Day.
Author: Richard Jago
Themes: sex; relations between the sexes; love; animals
Genres: ballad metre; Chevy Chase stanza
References: DMI 27522

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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. 77-78. 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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