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[Song] V. Imitated from the FRENCH.

1 YES, these are the scenes where with Iris I stray'd;
2 But short was her sway for so lovely a maid;
3 In the bloom of her youth to a cloister she run;
4 In the bloom of her graces, too fair for a nun!
5 Ill-grounded, no doubt, a devotion must prove
6 So fatal to beauty, so killing to love!
7 Yes, these are the meadows, the shrubs and the plains;
8 Once the scene of my pleasures, the scene of my pains;
9 How many soft moments I spent in this grove!
10 How fair was my nymph! and how fervent my love!
11 Be still tho', my heart; thine emotion give o'er;
12 Remember, the season of love is no more.
13 With her how I stray'd amid fountains and bow'rs,
14 Or loiter'd behind and collected the flow'rs!
15 Then breathless with ardor my fair-one pursu'd,
16 And to think with what kindness my garland she view'd!
17 But be still, my fond heart! this emotion give o'er;
18 Fain wouldst thou forget thou must love her no more.

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    Title (in Source Edition): [Song] V. Imitated from the FRENCH.
    Themes: love; nature
    Genres: song
    References: DMI 27282

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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], p. 344. 6v.: music; 8⁰. (ESTC T131163)

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