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1 Tho' blooming shepherds hail this day
2 With love, the subject of each lay,
3 Yet friendship tunes my artless song,
4 To thee the grateful themes belong.
5 Strephon, I never will repine,
6 Tho' destin'd not thy Valentine;
7 O'er friendship's nobler heights we'll rove,
8 Nor heed the soft'ning voice of love.
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9 Strangers to Passion's tyrant reign,
10 Careless, we'll range the happier plain
11 Where all those calmer joys we'll prove,
12 Which wait sublime platonic love.
13 Yet I'll allow a future day,
14 When friendship must at last give way;
15 When thou, forgetful, shalt resign
16 The maid who wrote this Valentine.
17 Think not, my friend, I dream of love,
18 That with some happier maid thou'lt prove;
19 Friendship alone is my design
20 In this officious Valentine.
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21 Yet, when that victor God shall reign,
22 And conquer'd Friendship quits the plain,
23 This gentle whisperer captive take,
24 'T will all thy former kindness wake.
25 But if its pleadings you deny,
26 And fain wou'd have remembrance die,
27 Then to devouring flames consign
28 My too ill-fated Valentine.


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Title (in Source Edition): To a FRIEND; ON VALENTINE's DAY.
Themes: friendship
Genres: address; occasional poem

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Yearsley, Ann, 1753-1806. Poems, on several occasions. By Ann Yearsley, a milkwoman of Bristol [poems only]. The second edition. London: printed for T. Cadell, in the Strand, 1785, pp. 23-25. xxxii, 127p. (ESTC N22108)

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