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To THIRSIS, On his signifying his intention to lay aside his Hautboy.

1 What spurious offspring of low-thoughted care
2 Assumes the graceful muses winning air,
3 And bids my Thirsis lay aside his reed,
4 That dulness may serenity succeed;
5 This step still onward her dark purpose brings,
6 For out of dulness, melancholy springs;
7 Nor here the gloomy phantom ends her care,
8 For next to melancholy, comes despair:
9 When fainting virtue makes her slow retreat,
10 Vice ready stands, to fill the vacant seat.
11 Oft have I seen the swains assembled round,
12 With silent awe, till Thirsis led the sound:
13 Still, as your breath, the cheering pipe inspires,
14 Conduct the voices of the hymning choirs:
15 If thou, their leader and support should'st fail,
16 Slack negligence will o'er the rest prevail;
17 No more the evenings of the holy-days,
18 Shall send to Heav'n their well-accepted lays;
19 But giddy youths to vanities shall run,
20 Nay, well if darker scenes of vice they shun.

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    Title (in Source Edition): To THIRSIS, On his signifying his intention to lay aside his Hautboy.
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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. 122. [40],127,[1]p.; 8⁰. (ESTC T141063) (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian [Dunston B 961 (1)].)

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