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TO A LADY Singing.

1 STILL sing, bright Maid, nor cease the pleasing Charm,
2 Each Soul subdue, each tender Bosom warm;
3 Such magick Sweetness to thy Voice is giv'n,
4 We hear a Seraph, and we taste of Heav'n:
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5 Strange force of Harmony, whose Power controuls,
6 The warring Passions, and informs our Souls,
7 Soft soothing Sounds, by whose enchantment blest,
8 Anger and Grief forsake the tranquil Breast;
9 While soft Ideas rising in the Mind,
10 Bids us in Love a gentle Tyrant find,
11 And to his Sway the softned Soul's resign'd.
12 Thus sung the Thracian Bard, while all around,
13 The list'ning Beasts confess'd the magick Sound:
14 Less sweet the Harmony Amphion made,
15 When dancing Stones mov'd to the Notes he play'd;
16 Or him, who bore by Dolphins to the Shore,
17 Made Winds and Waves confess his magick Pow'r:
18 Thou no less pow'rful o'er the Human Mind,
19 As great a Triumph from thy Songs can find;
20 Love and its pleasing Pains at once inspire,
21 And fix in ev'ry Breast the latent Fire.


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Title (in Source Edition): TO A LADY Singing.
Genres: heroic couplet; address

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Lennox, Charlotte, ca. 1729-1804. Poems on Several Occasions. Written by a Young Lady. London: printed for, and sold by S. Paterson, 1747, pp. 11-12. [8],88p.; 8⁰. (ESTC T139692; OTA K110146.000) (Page images digitized from microfilm of a copy in the Bodleian Library [G.Pamph. 1289 (14)].)

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