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Address to My Harp.

1 OH, my loved Harp! companion dear!
2 Sweet soother of my secret grief,
3 No more thy sounds my soul must cheer,
4 No more afford a soft relief.
5 When anxious cares my heart oppressed,
6 When doubts distracting tore my soul,
7 The pains which heaved my swelling breast
8 Thy gentle sway could oft control.
9 Each well remembered, practised strain,
10 The cheerful dance, the tender song,
11 Recalled with pensive, pleasing pain
12 Some image loved and cherished long.
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13 Where joy sat smiling o'er my fate,
14 And marked each bright and happy day,
15 When partial friends around me sat,
16 And taught my lips the simple lay;
17 And when by disappointment grieved
18 I saw some darling hope o'erthrown,
19 Thou hast my secret pain relieved;
20 O'er thee I wept, unseen, alone.
21 Oh! must I leave thee, must we part,
22 Dear partner of my happiest days?
23 I may forget thy much-loved art,
24 Unused thy melody to raise,
25 But ne'er can memory cease to love
26 Those scenes where I thy charms have felt,
27 Though I no more thy power may prove,
28 Which taught my softened heart to melt.
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29 Forced to forego with thee this spot,
30 Endeared by many a tender tie,
31 When rosy pleasure blessed my lot,
32 And sparkled in my cheated eye.
33 Yet still thy strings, in Fancy's ear,
34 With soothing melody shall play;
35 Thy silver sounds I oft shall hear,
36 To pensive gloom a silent prey.

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    Psyche, With Other Poems. London: Printed for LONGMAN, HURST, REES, ORME, AND BROWN, PATERNOSTER-ROW, 1811, pp. 238-240. 314p. (Page images digitized by University of California Libraries.)

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