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1 Hark! hark! how the bells ring, how happy the day,
2 Now Thirsis makes Daphne his bride;
3 See cheerful birds chirping on ev'ry green spray,
4 And summer shines forth in its pride.
5 The lads and the lasses, so jocund and gay,
6 Their happiness hail with a song;
7 And Thirsis enchantingly pipes to their lay,
8 Inspiring with mirth all the throng.
9 The bride and the bride groom then join in the dance
10 And smiling trip nimbly around;
11 The sprightly gay bride's-maids as nimbly advance,
12 And answer their smiles with a bound.
13 With all marriage articles pen'd on the heart,
14 The parties so sweetly agreed;
15 They needed no lawyer, with quibbling art,
16 Or parchment to draw up a deed.
17 For Love, the first blessing of blessings below,
18 That Heaven to mortals can give,
19 Was all the kind shepherdess had to bestow,
20 And all that she wish'd to receive.


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Title (in Source Edition): On a WEDDING.
Genres: occasional poem

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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, p. 85. [40],127,[1]p.; 8⁰. (ESTC T141063) (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian Library [Dunston B 961 (1)].)

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