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1 HAIL, blissful scenes of early youth,
2 So sacred once to love and truth,
3 When my Almeria, matchless maid,
4 With angel charms, adorn'd the shade;
5 Regardless of each fond delight,
6 Though time pursu'd his steady flight;
7 Yet, as he flew, around his wing
8 Gay pleasure twin'd the wreath of spring,
9 Whilst Hope, fair daughter of the sky,
10 With golden tress and azure eye,
11 Benignant turn'd her gladd'ning lyre,
12 And bade my soul to bliss aspire;
13 But now no more along these plains
14 She pours her sweet seraphic strains;
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15 No more Almeria wanders near;
16 In vain, alas! I seek her here:
17 Yet, as by fond remembrance led,
18 My fav'rite scenes I pensive tread;
19 There peaceful shades, yon conscious grove,
20 Restore awhile the joys of love.
21 Recalling thus the blissful past,
22 For ever sweet delusion last:
23 Nor let Oblivion's gloomy veil
24 From Mem'ry shroud the tender tale.


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Title (in Source Edition): ELEGY. TO ALMERIA.
Genres: elegy

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Berkeley, George Monck, 1763-1793. Poems: by the late George-Monck Berkeley, Esq. ... With a preface by the editor, consisting of some anecdotes of Mr. Monck Berkeley and several of his friends. London: printed by J. Nichols; and sold by Messrs. Leigh and Sotheby; Mr. Edwards; Mr. Cooke, Oxford; Mr. Todd, York; Messrs. Simmons and Co.; Messrs. Flackton, Marrable, and Claris; and Mr. Bristow, Canterbury, 1797, pp. 4-5. viii,DCXXXII,212p.,plate: port.; 4⁰. (ESTC T142950; OTA K111746.000) (Page images digitized by the University of California Libraries.)

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