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A PASTORAL. [As Thirsis and Daphne, upon the new hay]

1 As Thirsis and Daphne, upon the new hay
2 Were seated, surveying the plain;
3 No guilt in their bosoms their joys to allay,
4 Or give them a moment of pain.
5 Not Venus, but Virtue had made them her care,
6 She taught them her innocent skill;
7 The swain knew no art, but to pleasure the fair
8 That Nature had form'd to his will.
9 Inspired by love, on his pipe he did play;
10 O Virtue! how happy the swain!
11 While sweet Robin-red-breast that perch'd on the spray,
12 And Daphne was pleas'd with the strain.
13 How pleasing the prospect, how cooling the breeze;
14 The sun shone delightfully 'round;
15 And apples half ripe, grew so thick on the trees,
16 The boughs almost bent to the ground.
17 Thus happily seated, by sympathy bound,
18 How pleasing the mutual chain;
19 When either is absent, the prospects around
20 Display all their beauties in vain.
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21 They sat till the mist that arose from the brook,
22 Inform'd them the ev'ning was nigh;
23 The swain shook his head with a languishing look,
24 And 'rose from his seat with a sigh.
25 His flute he disjointed, and silent a while
26 He gaz'd on his maid with delight;
27 Then gave her his hand, she arose with a smile,
28 He kiss'd her, and bid her good night.

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    Title (in Source Edition): A PASTORAL. [As Thirsis and Daphne, upon the new hay]
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    Hands, Elizabeth, 1746-1815. The death of Amnon. A poem. With an appendix: containing pastorals, and other poetical pieces. By Elizabeth Hands. [Coventry]: Printed for the author, by N. Rollason, Coventry, M,DCCLXXXIX., 1789, pp. 72-73. [40],127,[1]p.; 8⁰. (ESTC T141063) (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian [Dunston B 961 (1)].)

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