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ODE TO THE NIGHTINGALE.

1 O Thou, that to the moon-light vale
2 Warblest oft thy plaintive tale,
3 What time the village murmurs cease,
4 And the still eye is hush'd to peace,
5 When now no busy sound is heard,
6 Contemplation's favourite bird!
7 Chauntress of Night, whose amorous song
8 First heard the tufted groves among,
9 Warns wanton Mabba to begin
10 Her revels on the circled green,
11 Whene'er by meditation led,
12 I nightly seek some distant mead,
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13 A short repose of cares to find,
14 And soothe my love-distracted mind,
15 O fail not then, sweet Philomel,
16 Thy sadly-warbled woes to tell;
17 In sympathetic numbers join
18 Thy pangs of luckless love with mine!
19 So may no swain's rude hand infest
20 Thy tender young, and rob thy nest;
21 Nor ruthless fowler's guileful snare
22 Lure thee to leave the fields of air,
23 No more to visit vale or shade,
24 Some barbarous virgin's captive made.

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Title (in Source Edition): ODE TO THE NIGHTINGALE.
Author: Joseph Warton
Themes: animals; music
Genres: ode
References: DMI 32523

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A collection of poems in four volumes. By several hands. Vol. II. [The second edition]. London: printed for G. Pearch, 1770, pp. 255-256. 4v. ; 8⁰. (ESTC T116245; DMI 1135)

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