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Written while the Author sat on a COOK of HAY.

1 Fair Daphne to the meadow went,
2 To tedd the new mown hay;
3 She went alone,
4 For well 'twas known,
5 No shepherd went that way.
6 And when she to the meadow came,
7 And cast her eyes around,
8 She saw green hills,
9 And purling rills,
10 The fertile spot surround.
11 The alders and the poplars tall,
12 Did form a circling shade;
13 The cooling breeze,
14 Stole by the trees,
15 Along the open glade.
16 Beneath the shade a murm'ring brook,
17 Pursues its crooked way;
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18 There fishes glide,
19 In conscious pride,
20 And shining scales display.
21 The beauteous blooming gifts of spring,
22 Are fallen from the thorn;
23 But the wild rose,
24 More beauteous grows,
25 The willow tree t' adorn.
26 The sun that o'er Arabian fields,
27 Bids spicy odours play;
28 By the same pow'r,
29 Doth in an hour,
30 Raise sweetness from the hay.
31 The choristers from ev'ry grove,
32 In num'rous bands appear;
33 From spray to spray,
34 Tune forth their lay,
35 To charm the virgin's ear.
36 But yet amidst this pleasing scene,
37 Our nymph doth sullen prove;
38 Such things says she,
39 Might pleasure me,
40 If I was not in love.
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41 To cheerful strains I'll not aspire,
42 Since fate that led me here,
43 Forbids my swain,
44 To tread this plain,
45 I'll drop a silent tear.

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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. 97-99. [40],127,[1]p.; 8⁰. (ESTC T141063) (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian [Dunston B 961 (1)].)

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