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SONG.

I.
1 TO those shades with delight I could fly,
2 How tasteless the town is to me;
3 In every gay scene that I try.
4 My thoughts they but wander to thee.
II.
5 Why remind me of those happy days?
6 Here is nothing but dress and vain shew,
7 Of those banks where I sung my first lays,
8 And remark'd every flower as it grew?
III.
9 Tho' we crowd the dull walks every night,
10 Where's the careless sweet ease I enjoy'd;
11 Not the beaux nor the belles e'er so bright;
12 On these shades are my thoughts still employ'd.
IV.
13 Sweet shades! where with silence or thee,
14 My mind every thought could approve;
15 Sweet shades! I admire every tree,
16 And I fly to the friend whom I love.

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    Title (in Source Edition): SONG.
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    Carstairs, Christian. Original Poems. By a Lady, Dedicated to Miss Ann Henderson. A Tribute to Gratitude and Friendships. Edinburgh: Andrew Shortrede, 1786, p. 55.  (ESTC T76883) (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian [Harding C 680].)

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