Song I

1 'Midst beauty and pleasure's gay triumphs, to languish
2 And droop without knowing the source of my anguish;
3 To start from short slumbers and look for the morning
4 Yet close my dull eyes when I see it returning;
5 Sighs sudden and frequent, looks ever dejected,
6 Sounds that steal from my tongue, by no meaning connected!
7 Ah say, fellow-swains, how these symptoms befell me?
8 They smile, but reply not. Sure Delia will tell me!


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Title (in Source Edition): Song I
Author: Thomas Gray
Genres: song

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Gray, Thomas, 1716-1771. Thomas Gray: English poems. Web. Oxford: Thomas Gray Archive, 2002.

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