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The Vision. To Theron.

1 NOw gentle sleep my willing Eyes had clos'd,
2 And this gay Scene the smiling God impos'd;
3 Methought I in a Mirtle shade was plac'd,
4 My Tresses curl'd, my Brows with Laurel grac'd
5 Fresh was the Air, serenely bright the Day,
6 And all around lookt ravishingly Gay,
7 Active my Thoughts, my Lyre was in my hand,
8 And once more Theron did my Voice command;
9 Once more the charming Hero did inspire
10 My daring Muse with an Heroick Fire;
11 The smiling Cupids softly flutter'd round,
12 Till animated with the generous sound,
13 Like fighting Gods, each shook his Dart and frown'd.
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14 The listning streams inchanted with my Song,
15 Scarce drove their still preceeding waves along;
16 Whil'st o're and o're complaisant eccho bears,
17 Through every cavern the immortal Airs;
18 About my Lips th' impatient Zephirs hung,
19 To snatch the tuneful Numbers from my Tongue;
20 And the pleas'd Graces crowded round to hear their Darling Sung.
21 The Queen of Beauty, and her Doves, stood by,
22 When I, to please the Lovely Deity,
23 Told her, what Looks, what Eyes, and Smiles he had,
24 Not her own Charms more fatally betray'd:
25 At every strain the wounded Goddess sighs,
26 Strains, sweet and powerful, as her own fair Eyes.
27 Then, smiling, towards her own bright Orb she flew,
28 And, with her, all the Sanguine Visions drew.


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Title (in Source Edition): The Vision. To Theron.
Themes: visions
Genres: heroic couplet; address; dream vision

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Rowe, Elizabeth Singer, 1674-1737. Poems on several occasions. Written by Philomela. London: Printed for John Dunton at the Raven in Jewen-street, 1696, pp. 49-50. [24],72,69,[11]p.; 8⁰ (ESTC R7317; OTA A57734)

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