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A SONG.

I.
1 WHEN fair SERENA fair I knew,
2 By friendship's happy union charm'd;
3 Incessant joys around her slew,
4 And gentle smiles my bosom warm'd.
II.
5 But when with fond officious care
6 I press'd to breathe my amorous pain,
7 Her lips spoke nought but cold despair,
8 Her eyes shot ice through ev'ry vein.
III.
9 Thus in ITALIA'S lovely vales
10 The sun his genial vigour yields,
11 Reviving heat each sense regales,
12 And plenty crowns the smiling fields.
IV.
13 When nearer we approach this ray,
14 High on the Alps' stupendous brow,
15 Surpriz'd we see pale sun-beams play
16 On everlasting hills of snow.

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    Title (in Source Edition): A SONG.
    Author: Thomas Seward
    Themes: sex; relations between the sexes; places
    Genres: song
    References: DMI 22495

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    A Collection of Poems in Six Volumes. By Several Hands. Vol. II. London: printed by J. Hughs, for R. and J. Dodsley, 1763 [1st ed. 1758], p. 301. 6v.: music; 8⁰. (ESTC T131163; OTA K104099.002) (Page images digitized by the Eighteenth-Century Poetry Archive from a copy in the archive's library.)

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