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SONG.

1 SWEET are the banks, when Spring perfumes
2 The verdant plants, and laughing flowers,
3 Fragrant the violet, as it blooms,
4 And sweet the blossoms after showers.
5 Sweet is the soft, the sunny breeze,
6 That fans the golden orange-grove;
7 But oh! how sweeter far than these
8 The kisses are of her I love.
9 Ye roses! blushing in your beds,
10 That with your odours scent the air;
11 Ye lillies chaste! with silver heads
12 As my Cleora's bosom fair:
13 No more I court your balmy sweets;
14 For I, and I alone, can prove,
15 How sweeter, when each other meets,
16 The kisses are of her I love.
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17 Her tempting eyes my gaze inclin'd,
18 Their pleasing lesson first I caught;
19 Her sense, her friendship next confin'd
20 The willing pupil she had taught.
21 Should fortune, stooping from her sky,
22 Conduct me to her bright alcove;
23 Yet, like the turtle, I should die,
24 Denied the kiss of her love.

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Title (in Source Edition): SONG.
Author: William Woty
Themes: love; nature
Genres: song
References: DMI 29234

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A collection of the most esteemed pieces of poetry: that have appeared for several years. With variety of originals, by the late Moses Mendez, Esq; and other contributors to Dodsley's collection. To which this is intended as a supplement. London: printed for Richardson and Urquhart, 1767, pp. 183-184. [8],320p. ; 8⁰. (ESTC T124631; DMI 1073; OTA K099398.000)

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