UPON A VISIT to the same in Winter, 1748.
1 ON fair Asteria's blissful plains,
2 Where ever-blooming Fancy reigns,
3 How pleas'd we pass the winter's day;
4 And charm the dull-ey'd Spleen away!
5 No linnet, from the leafless bough,
6 Pours forth her note melodious now;
7 But all admire Asteria's tongue,
8 Nor wish the linnet's vernal song.
9 No flow'rs emit their transient rays:
10 Yet sure Asteria's wit displays
11 More various tints, more glowing lines,
12 And with perennial beauty shines.
13 Tho' rifled groves and fetter'd streams
14 But ill befriend a poet's dreams:
15 Asteria's presence wakes the lyre;
16 And well supplies poetick fire.
17 The fields have lost their lovely dye;
18 No chearful azure decks the sky;
19 Yet still we bless the louring day:
20 Asteria smiles — and all is gay.
21 Hence let the Muse no more presume
22 To blame the Winter's dreary gloom;
23 Accuse his loitering hours no more;
24 But ah! their envious haste deplore!
25 For soon, from wit and friendship's reign,
26 The social hearth, the sprightly vein,
27 I go — to meet the coming year,
28 On savage plains, and deserts drear!
29 I go — to feed on pleasures flown,
30 Nor find the spring my loss atone!
31 But 'mid the flowery sweets of May
32 With pride recal this winter's day.
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Title (in Source Edition): UPON A VISIT to the same in Winter, 1748.
Author: William Shenstone
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