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CORINNA TO LYCIDAS.

1 Where'er my Lycidas shall turn his eyes,
2 May pleasures spring, and lovely prospects 'rise;
3 While your Corinna, on the banks of Stower,
4 In pensive sadness views each ripening flower:
5 Why am I pensive? all things else are gay,
6 Fawns dance around, and harmless lambkins play;
7 Surrounding groves invite my steps to rove,
8 Resembling that in which I learn'd to love;
9 They each returning morn, grow fresher still,
10 And happy birds their leasy branches fill;
11 O lovely scenes! but what are these to me?
12 Joy is no joy without society.
13 If I a friend like Lycidas could find,
14 To share my joys, or sooth my anxious mind;
15 Then morn and night, I'd tune my cheerful lay,
16 Sing with the birds, and be more glad than they;
17 But while your absence I am doom'd to bear,
18 Your fancied presence in my thoughts shall share;
19 I'll bless the hour in which our love began,
20 And ever be as constant as I can.

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    Title (in Source Edition): CORINNA TO LYCIDAS.
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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. 90. [40],127,[1]p.; 8⁰. (ESTC T141063) (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian [Dunston B 961 (1)].)

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