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The Dream.

1 BEneath the Syc'more shade,
2 Amintas sat to sing and Play
3 On his shrill pipe i'th'Heat o'th Day;
4 His Amarill beside him laid:
5 Charm'd with the Musick of his Reed,
6 The listning Ewes forgat to Feed,
7 The sportive Lambs gave ore their Play,
8 And to their Master's Song attentive lay,
9 The Song as Soft and Innocent as They!
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10 Mean while on the pleas'd Amari'll
11 A downy slumber fell,
12 'Till with a Sigh and Suddain start
13 She 'woke and Cry'd Heav'n save my Swain!
14 Are you not hurt? I will provide a Dart,
15 And if the Bruit approach again,
16 I'le drench it in the Savage Monster's Heart.
17 What means (Amintas smiling said) This Rage?
18 I dreamt (said she) a ruthfull Bear
19 Had broke into our Fold, and slaughter'd there;
20 And whilst you rant' Engage
21 (Ah! why were you so Rash?) th' unequall Foe,
22 The Rav'nous Monster Seiz'd on You!
23 Then to your Rescue I came in
24 And cast my self between,
25 But with the motion Waking, found the Dream Untrue.


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Title (in Source Edition): The Dream.
Author: Nahum Tate

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Tate, Nahum, c. 1652-1715. Poems by N. Tate. London: Printed by T.M. for Benj. Tooke ..., 1677, pp. 106-107. [15],133p. (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian Library [Harding C 2953].)

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