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AN ELEGY

1 Matilda was mild as the morn,
2 Yet gay as the Goddess of Youth;
3 No gems did Matilda adorn
4 But innocence, virtue, and truth.
5 She came from the banks of the Thames,
6 Her looks her soft passion exprest
7 For Fellen, the youth of her dreams,
8 The solace and pride of her breast.
9 His eyes were as bright as the sun;
10 Her form was all graceful and gay;
11 Scarce equall'd, and rivall'd by none;
12 His voice was the nightingale's lay.
13 He lov'd his Matilda awhile,
14 But soon she discover'd, too late,
15 That men can deceive while they smile,
16 And go without shame or regret.
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17 From Cupid he borrow'd a dart,
18 And long it seem'd lent him in vain;
19 But when he had wounded her heart,
20 He instantly quitted the plain.
21 She stood by the side of a brook,
22 When left by her Fellen alone,
23 And cast such a pitiful look,
24 Might have melted the heart of a stone.
25 The Heavens were wrapp'd in a cloud,
26 All nature dejected did seem;
27 When calling on Fellen aloud,
28 She suddenly plung'd in the stream.

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Carmichael, Miss (Rebekah) (fl. 1790-1806). Poems. Edinburgh: Peter Hill, 1790, pp. 59-60. 92p. (ESTC T104666) (Page images digitized from a copy at University of California Libraries — third-party rights apply.)

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