OCCASIONED BY LEAVING B—R—N, JULY 1755. THE AUTHOR TELLING THE LADIES “HE LOOKED UPON HIMSELF IN A WORSE SITUATION THAN ADAM BANISH'D PARADISE,” WAS ENJOINED BY THEM TO EXPRESS THE SAME IN RHIME.
1 WHEN our first Father thro' the dreary waste
2 From Eden's plains an exile sad must go,
3 Oft he recall'd each scene of pleasure past,
4 Felt the dire change, and bade his sorrows flow.
5 Yet still a sweet companion of his woe
6 With soft, assiduous care attended near;
7 Fond to relieve, and resolute to show
8 The soothing smile, or sympathizing tear.
9 Far happier doom, alas! attends me here,
10 Who leave of Nymphs so fair a train behind,
11 Nor one is found the tedious way to chear,
12 Or raise with converse sweet the drooping mind:
13 Then tell me, fair ones, can I chuse but grieve,
14 Who quit my Paradise without an EVE?
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Title (in Source Edition): SONNET. OCCASIONED BY LEAVING B—R—N, JULY 1755. THE AUTHOR TELLING THE LADIES “HE LOOKED UPON HIMSELF IN A WORSE SITUATION THAN ADAM BANISH'D PARADISE,” WAS ENJOINED BY THEM TO EXPRESS THE SAME IN RHIME.
Author: Thomas Percy
Themes: sex; relations between the sexes
References: DMI 32607
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