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ABSENCE.

1 When Collin's tuneful pipe with soft'ning strains,
2 Fill'd with melodious sounds the neighb'ring plains;
3 The nightingale responsive, in the grove
4 Sung her sweet lay, and tun'd my heart to love:
5 But absent now from all that's to me dear,
6 A charm in Music I no longer hear.
7 Where are the joys the early seasons bring?
8 For herds the grass, for bees the flowers spring;
9 The black-birds sing on ev'ry blooming thorn,
10 And fresh'ning daisies ev'ry vale adorn:
11 In vain the spring for me adorns the plains,
12 While in my heart so cold a winter reigns.
13 The herds in Summer seek the cooling streams,
14 Where shady trees exclude the sultry beams;
15 The shepherds to some op'ning glade repair,
16 Where gentle breezes temperate the air:
17 But no cool breeze can fan my flame away,
18 Nor cooler streams the latent fire allay.
19 Rich Autumn now adds profit to delight,
20 And rip'ning apples ev'ry hand invite;
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21 Each swain divides his apple with his fair,
22 So I with Collin once was wont to share:
23 But now no fruits to please my taste have pow'r,
24 Not gather'd by his hand, all fruits are four.
25 Winter a-while each growing herb restrains,
26 And locks all nature in his icy chains;
27 His reign but for a season doth endure,
28 Spring smiles, and nature feels the pow'rful cure:
29 But ah! my heart's in faster fetters bound,
30 Which still grow stronger as the years go round.

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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. 120-121. [40],127,[1]p.; 8⁰. (ESTC T141063) (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian [Dunston B 961 (1)].)

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