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The PARTING.

Written some Years after Marriage.

I.
1 THE rising sun thro' all the grove
2 Diffus'd a gladsome ray:
3 My Lucy smil'd, and talk'd of love,
4 And every thing look'd gay.
II.
5 But oh! the fatal hour was come
6 That forc'd me from my dear:
7 My Lucy then thro' grief was dumb,
8 Or spoke but by a tear.
III.
9 Now far from her and bliss I roam,
10 All nature wears a change:
11 The azure sky seems wrapt in gloom,
12 And every place looks strange.
IV.
13 Those flow'ry fields, this verdant scene,
14 Yon larks that towering sing,
15 With sad contrast increase my spleen
16 And make me loath the spring.
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V.
17 My books that wont to sooth my mind
18 No longer now can please:
19 There only those amusement find
20 That have a mind at ease.
VI.
21 Nay life itself is tasteless grown
22 From Lucy whilst I stray:
23 Sick of the world I muse alone
24 And sigh the live-long day.

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    Title (in Source Edition): The PARTING. Written some Years after Marriage.
    Themes: love; grief; sadness; melancholy
    Genres: ballad metre; Chevy Chase stanza
    References: DMI 26722

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    A Collection of Poems in Six Volumes. By Several Hands. Vol. IV. London: printed by J. Hughs, for R. and J. Dodsley, 1763 [1st ed. 1758], pp. 329-330. 6v.: music; 8⁰. (ESTC T131163)

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