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SONG IV. The SKY-LARK.

1 GO, tuneful bird, that glad'st the skies,
2 To Daphne's window speed thy way;
3 And there on quivering pinions rise,
4 And there thy vocal art display.
5 And if she deign thy notes to hear,
6 And if she praise thy matin song,
7 Tell her the sounds that soothe her ear,
8 To Damon's native plains belong.
9 Tell her, in livelier plumes array'd,
10 The bird from Indian groves may shine;
11 But ask the lovely partial maid,
12 What are his notes compar'd to thine?
13 Then bid her treat yon witless beau,
14 And all his flaunting race with scorn;
15 And lend an ear to Damon's woe,
16 Who sings her praise, and sings forlorn.

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    Title (in Source Edition): SONG IV. The SKY-LARK.
    Themes: love; animals
    Genres: song
    References: DMI 27234

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    A Collection of Poems in Six Volumes. By Several Hands. Vol. V. London: printed by J. Hughs, for R. and J. Dodsley, 1763 [1st ed. 1758], p. 40. 6v.: music; 8⁰. (ESTC T131163; OTA K104099.005) (Page images digitized by the Eighteenth-Century Poetry Archive from a copy in the archive's library.)

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