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[SONG from the Opera of ELPIDIA.]

Thus translated.
* This and the following translation were the author's first essays in rhime; given her as an exercise by her Italian master, when she was under sixteen: as the best apology for several of the following pieces is, that they were written under twenty.

1 Such radiant eyes who can withstand,
2 That ev'n in sleeping charm?
3 Or who resist the soft command,
4 Since thro' their shades they warm?
5 Insensible how much they shine,
6 As ah! how much I grieve;
7 I greedy gaze, you sleep supine,
8 Nor know the wounds you give.


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Title (in Source Edition): [SONG from the Opera of ELPIDIA.]
Author: Mary Jones
Genres: ballad metre; translation

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Jones, Mary, d. 1778. Miscellanies in Prose and Verse. By Mary Jones. Oxford: Printed; and delivered by Mr. Dodsley in Pall-Mall, Mr. Clements in Oxford, and Mr. Frederick in Bath, MDCCL., 1750, p. 45. vi,[1],xlv,[1],405p. (ESTC T115196) (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian Library [Harding C 1723].)

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