1 AS o'er Asteria's fields I rove,
2 The blissful seat of peace and love,
3 Ten thousand beauties round me rise,
4 And mingle pleasure with surprize.
5 By nature blest in every part,
6 Adorn'd with every grace of art,
7 This paradise of blooming joys
8 Each raptur'd sense, at once, employs.
9 But when I view the radiant queen,
10 Who form'd this fair enchanting scene;
11 Pardon ye grots! ye crystal floods!
12 Ye breathing flow'rs! ye shady woods!
13 Your coolness now no more invites;
14 No more your murmuring stream delights;
15 Your sweets decay, your verdure's flown;
16 My soul's intent on her alone.
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Title (in Source Edition): SONG.
Author: William Somervile
Themes: joyfulness; happiness; nature
References: DMI 26662
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