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[Song] I.

1 IN a vale fring'd with woodland, where grottos abound,
2 And rivulets murmur, and echoes resound,
3 I vow'd to the Muses my time and my care;
4 Since neither could win me the smiles of my fair.
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5 As freedom inspir'd me, I rang'd and I sung;
6 And Daphne's dear name never fell from my tongue
7 And if once a smooth accent delighted my ear,
8 I should wish, unawares, that my Daphne might hear
9 With fairest ideas my bosom I stor'd;
10 Allusions to none but the nymph I ador'd;
11 And the more I with study my fancy refin'd,
12 The deeper impressions she made on my mind.
13 Ah! whilst I the beauties of nature pursue,
14 I still must my Daphne's fair image renew:
15 The Graces have chosen with Daphne to rove,
16 And the Muses are all in alliance with Love.

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    Title (in Source Edition): [Song] I.
    Themes: love; nature
    Genres: song; pastoral
    References: DMI 27278

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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. 340-341. 6v.: music; 8⁰. (ESTC T131163; OTA K104099.004)

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