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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!
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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.
Genres: heroic couplet; occasional poem

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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. 30-31. [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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