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To MIRA. Inviting her to a RETREAT in the COUNTRY.

1 NOW Spring returning decks the Year
2 With all that's lovely, all that's fair;
3 The Fields in lively Green array'd,
4 With deeper Glooms the silent Shade;
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5 Soft descends the gentle show'rs,
6 And wakes to Life the springing Flow'rs;
7 Hence ambrosial Sweets exhale,
8 And various Colours paint the Vale;
9 Refreshing Airs the Zephyrs blow,
10 The Streams with pleasing Murmurs flow;
11 While nightly 'midst the silent Plain
12 Thy fav'rite Bird renews her Strain,
13 Come then, my Mira, come and share
14 My Joys, and breath a purer Air.
15 Together let us range the Plains,
16 Amongst the rustick Nymphs and Swains;
17 In rural Dress, devoid of Cure,
18 Give to the Winds our flowing Hair,
19 And round the Meadows gayly roam,
20 For Youth does sober Mirth become.
21 Now straining up you airy Height,
22 We'll entertain the wand'ring Sight,
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23 With flow'ry Fields, and waving Woods,
24 Hills and Dales, and falling Floods:
25 Or to relieve the searching Eyes,
26 See distant Spires and Temples rise.
27 Come now, my Mira, let us rove
28 Together thro' the mazy Grove;
29 Here, while with gentle Pace we walk,
30 Beguile the Time with pleasing Talk:
31 Here show thy melting Eloquence,
32 Thy sprightly Wit, thy manly Sense;
33 Thy virtuous Notions void of Art,
34 And while you charm, correct the Heart.
35 Or now together careless laid,
36 Beneath a Cypress spreading Shade,
37 Our Thoughts to heavenly Numbers raise,
38 Repeating Pope's harmonious Lays,
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39 Now Homer's awful Leaves turn o'er,
40 Or graver History explore;
41 Or study Plato's sacred Page,
42 Uncommon to our Sex and Age.
43 Now wand'ring by the Moon's pale Light,
44 Amidst the silent Shades of Night,
45 Where on the late deserted Plains
46 A pleasing Melancholy reigns;
47 Softly thro' the rustling Trees
48 Sobs the sweetly dying Breeze;
49 The Echo's catch the plaintive Sound,
50 And gentle Murmurs breathe around.
51 Now sing, my Friend, and let thy Strain
52 Recount the Arts of faithless Man:
53 Thy Notes, sweet Philomel, shall join,
54 And mix her soft Complaints with thine.
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55 But raise, my Mira, raise thy Song,
56 To Friendship nobler Strains belong.
57 Oh sing its tender chaste Desires,
58 Its equal, pure, and lasting Fires!
59 Such as in thy Bosom burns,
60 Such as my fond Soul returns.
61 Friendship is but Love refin'd,
62 Not weakens, but exalts the Mind;
63 And when its sacred Power we prove,
64 We guess how heavenly Spirits love.


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Title (in Source Edition): To MIRA. Inviting her to a RETREAT in the COUNTRY.
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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. 67-71. [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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