ON A LADY's Singing.
1 HOW was I charm'd, when fair Harmonia sung!
2 What heavenly Sweetness dwelt upon her Tongue!
3 What melting Joys did her soft Song impart!
4 Oh Pow'r of Musick, on a tender Heart![Page 31]
5 While she repeats the Lover's ardent Pains,
6 My sympathising Soul with her complains:
7 Soft flow the Tears; the gentle Sorrows rise,
8 And my full Bosom heaves with strug'ling Sighs:
9 But when a faithful, generous Pair's her Theme;
10 When in soft Sounds she sings their mutual Flame,
11 'Tis then I feel the Lover's soft Excess;
12 Share in their Joy, and triumph in their Bliss;
13 Wish I may thus to Tenderness be moved,
14 And love like them, like them to be belov'd:
15 Oh say, bright Virgin, by what powerful Art
16 Thy Song gives real Raptures to the Heart,
17 And makes the struggling Soul alternate prove
18 The Joys of true, and Pangs of perjur'd Love:
19 A Voice less fine than yours the Bard possest,
20 Whose magick Sweetness moving Trees confest.
21 On Mortals! thy superior Skill is shown,
22 And Hearts subdu'd thy greater Power own.
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Title (in Source Edition): ON A LADY's Singing.
Author: Charlotte Lennox (née Ramsay)
Genres: heroic couplet; occasional poem
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Other works by Charlotte Lennox (née Ramsay)
- The ADVICE, An ODE. ()
- AMINTA and DELIA. A PASTORAL. ()
- ARDELIA to FLAVIA, An EPISTLE. ()
- The ART of COQUETTRY. ()
- The DREAM. ()
- ENVY. A SATIRE. ()
- An EPISTLE TO MONESES, IN IMITATION of OVID. ()
- A HYMN to VENUS, IN IMITATION of SAPHO. ()
- In Answer to Consolatory Verses wrote by a Friend. ()
- THE LANGUAGE of the EYES TO LADY J— F—. ()
- An ODE To SLEEP ()
- An ODE, IN IMITATION of SAPHO. ()
- An ODE. ()
- On reading HUTCHISON on the PASSIONS. ()
- A PARODY ON AN ODE of HORACE, As TRANSLATED by Mr. FARQUHAR. ()
- A PASTORAL, FROM THE SONG of SOLOMON. ()
- PHILANDER. ()
- The QUESTION. ()
- THE RIVAL NYMPHS. A TALE. ()
- SHALLUM to HILPAH, An EPISTLE. From the SPECTATOR. ()
- A SONG. ()
- A SONG. ()
- A SONG. ()
- SONG. ()
- TO A LADY Singing. ()
- To AURELIA, on her attempting to write Verses. ()
- To FLAVIA, An ODE. ()
- To MIRA. Inviting her to a RETREAT in the COUNTRY. ()
- TO MONESES Singing. ()
- Verses wrote extempore on a Gentleman's playing on the Flute. ()