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THE BIRTH OF BLISS.

TO THE HONOURABLE GEORGE LESLIE, SON OF THE EARL OF LEVEN, &c.

1 WHEN first in Eden's roseate bow'rs
2 Adam mark'd the lonely hours;
3 Though in life no pain he knew,
4 Yet from life few joys he drew:
5 Still the social passions slept,
6 Hope alone her vigil kept;
7 Thus in Eden's hallow'd shade,
8 Sweetly sang the blue-ey'd maid:
9 "Tenant of this happy plain,
10 Stranger, blest, to ev'ry pain,
11 Still imperfect is thy state,
12 What is life without a mate?
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13 Rising with the second morn
14 Lovely woman shall be born;
15 Blest with her thy breast shall know
16 Charms divine from love that flow."
17 Pausing here, the blue-ey'd maid
18 Ceas'd to sing in Eden's shade.
19 Charm'd by strains so sweet, so blest,
20 The common father sunk to rest;
21 When appear'd the second dawn,
22 Pleas'd, he trod the verdant lawn.
23 Seated 'neath a woodbine's shade
24 Soon he saw the perfect maid;
25 Each in mutual wonder gaz'd;
26 Love within each bosom blaz'd.
27 Rosy blushes tinge the fair;
28 Smiling cherubs bless the pair:
29 Each transported with their lot,
30 Join to bless the nuptial knot
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31 To a more sequester'd shade
32 Adam led the blushing maid;
33 Lock'd within each other's arms,
34 Gazing on each other's charms;
35 Each exchang'd a balmy kiss,
36 Giving thus a birth to bliss.

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Title (in Source Edition): THE BIRTH OF BLISS. TO THE HONOURABLE GEORGE LESLIE, SON OF THE EARL OF LEVEN, &c.
Themes: love; beauty
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Poems: by the late George-Monck Berkeley, Esq. ... With a preface by the editor, consisting of some anecdotes of Mr. Monck Berkeley and several of his friends. London: printed by J. Nichols; and sold by Messrs. Leigh and Sotheby; Mr. Edwards; Mr. Cooke, Oxford; Mr. Todd, York; Messrs. Simmons and Co.; Messrs. Flackton, Marrable, and Claris; and Mr. Bristow, Canterbury, 1797, pp. 60-62. viii,DCXXXII,212p.,plate: port.; 4⁰. (ESTC T142950; OTA K111746.000)

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