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ODE to CYNTHIA.

1 SISTER of Phoebus, gentle Queen,
2 Of aspect mild and brow serene,
3 Whose friendly beams by night appear,
4 The lonely traveller to cheer;
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5 Attractive Power; whose mighty sway
6 The ocean's swelling waves obey,
7 And, mounting upward, seem to raise
8 A liquid altar to thy praise:
9 Thee wither'd hags, at midnight hour,
10 Invoke to their infernal bower;
11 But I to no such horrid rite,
12 Sweet Queen, implore thy sacred light,
13 Nor seek, while all but lovers sleep,
14 To rob the miser's treasur'd heap:
15 Thy kindly beams alone impart
16 To find the youth who stole my heart,
17 And guide me, from thy silver throne,
18 To steal his heart, or find my own.

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    Title (in Source Edition): ODE to CYNTHIA.
    Themes: sex; relations between the sexes; love
    Genres: ode
    References: DMI 27779

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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], pp. 312-313. 6v.: music; 8⁰. (ESTC T131163; OTA K104099.005)

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