NANCY of the VALE.
Nerine Galatea! thymo mihi dulcior Hyblae!
Candidior cygnis, hederâ formosior albâ!
1 THE western sky was purpled o'er
2 With every pleasing ray:
3 And flocks reviving felt no more
4 The sultry heats of day:
5 When from an hazle's artless bower
6 Soft-warbled Strephon's tongue;
7 He blest the scene, he blest the hour,
8 While Nancy's praise he sung.
9 "Let fops with fickle falshood range
10 The paths of wanton love,
11 Whilst weeping maids lament their change,
12 And sadden every grove:
13 But endless blessings crown the day,
14 I saw fair Esham's dale!
15 And every blessing find its way
16 To Nancy of the Vale.
17 'Twas from Avona's banks the maid
18 Diffus'd her lovely beams;
19 And every shining glance display'd
20 The Naïd of the streams.
21 Soft as the wild-duck's tender young,
22 That float on Avon's tide;
23 Bright as the water-lily, sprung,
24 And glittering near its side.
25 Fresh as the bordering flowers, her bloom:
26 Her eye, all mild to view;
27 The little halcyon's azure plume
28 Was never half so blue.
29 Her shape was like the reed so sleek,
30 So taper, strait, and fair;
31 Her dimpled smile, her blushing cheek,
32 How charming sweet they were!
33 Far in the winding Vale retir'd,
34 This peerless bud I found;
35 And shadowing rocks, and woods conspir'd
36 To fence her beauties round.
37 That Nature in so lone a dell
38 Should form a Nymph so sweet!
39 Or Fortune to her secret cell
40 Conduct my wandering feet!
41 Gay lordlings sought her for their bride,
42 But she would ne'er incline:
43 "Prove to your equals true, she cry'd,
44 "As I will prove to mine.
45 "'Tis Strephon, on the mountain's brow,
46 "Has won my right good will;
47 "To him I gave my plighted vow,
48 "With him I'll climb the hill. "
49 Struck with her charms and gentle truth,
50 I clasp'd the constant fair;
51 To her alone I gave my youth,
52 And vow my future care.
53 And when this vow shall faithless prove,
54 Or I those charms forego;
55 The stream that saw our tender love,
56 That stream shall cease to flow.
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Title (in Source Edition): NANCY of the VALE. A BALLAD.
Author: William Shenstone
Themes: rural life; mythology
Genres: ballad metre; Chevy Chase stanza
References: DMI 27209
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