1 'TWAS in a cool Aonian glade,
2 The wanton Cupid, spent with toil,
3 Had sought refreshment from the shade;
4 And stretch'd him on the mossy soil.
5 A vagrant Muse drew nigh, and found
6 The subtle traitor fast asleep;
7 And is it thine to snore profound,
8 She said, yet leave the world to weep?
9 But hush — from this auspicious hour,
10 The world, I ween, may rest in peace;
11 And robb'd of darts, and stript of pow'r,
12 Thy peevish petulance decrease.
13 Sleep on, poor child! whilst I withdraw,
14 And this thy vile artillery hide —
15 When the Castalian fount she saw,
16 And plung'd his arrows in the tide.
17 That magic fount — ill-judging maid!
18 Shall cause you soon to curse the day
19 You dar'd the shafts of Love invade;
20 And gave his arms redoubled sway.
21 For, in a stream so wonderous clear,
22 When angry Cupid searches round,
23 Will not the radiant points appear?
24 Will not the furtive spoils be found?
25 Too soon they were; and every dart,
26 Dipt in the Muse's mystic spring,
27 Acquir'd new force to wound the heart;
28 And taught at once to love and sing.
29 Then farewell ye Pierian quire;
30 For who will now your altars throng?
31 From Love we learn to swell the lyre;
32 And Echo asks no sweeter song.
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Title (in Source Edition): ANACREONTIC, 1738.
Author: William Shenstone
Themes: sleep; love
References: DMI 27228
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