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TO A NIGHTINGALE IN CLIFDEN WOOD.

TO MRS. D. MONCK, OF COOKHAM.

1 SAY, sad tenant of the grove,
2 Whence the pains that now you prove?
3 Why, within your throbbing breast,
4 Why is Sorrow still a guest?
5 Sleeps in death your murder'd mate?
6 Weep'st thou his melancholy fate?
7 If 'tis that disturbs thy peace
8 Spring shall bid thy sorrows cease;
9 Then thy breast, that heaves in woe,
10 With Love's bright flame again shall glow.
11 Yet, sweet mourner, still complain,
12 Nor, though bless'd, forbear thy strain;
13 For, sweetly sad thy warblings flow,
14 And charming is thy song of woe;
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15 As at eve he treads the plain,
16 Oft it soothes the shepherd swain;
17 When he seeks the conscious shade,
18 There to meet the village maid;
19 He with rapture hears thy lay
20 Issue from the hawthorn spray;
21 And with mine unites his praise
22 Of Philomela's tender lays.

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Title (in Source Edition): TO A NIGHTINGALE IN CLIFDEN WOOD. TO MRS. D. MONCK, OF COOKHAM.
Themes: night; sadness
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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. 69-70. viii,DCXXXII,212p.,plate: port.; 4⁰. (ESTC T142950; OTA K111746.000)

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