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DAPHNI S.

O Love! for Sylvia let me gain the prize,
And make my tongue victorious as her eyes;
No lambs or fheep for victims I'll impart,
Thy victim, Love, fhall be the thepherd's heart.

S.TREPHON.

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Me gentle Delia beckons from the plain, Then hid in fhades, eludes her eager fwain; But feigns a laugh, to fee me fearch around, And by that laugh the willing fair is found.

DAPHNI S.

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The fprightly Sylvia trips along the green, She runs, but hopes the does not run unfeen; While a kind glance at her pursuer flies, How much at variance are her feet and eyes!

STREPHO N.

O'er golden fands let rich Pactolus flow, And trees weep amber on the banks of Po;

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VARIATIONS.

VER. 49. Originally thus in the MS.

Pan, let my numbers equal Strephon's lays,
OfParian.one thy ftatue will I raife;.
But if I conquer and augment my fold,
Thy Parian statue shall be chang'd to Gold,

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VER. 61. Its flood thus at first,^'

Let rich Iberia golden fleeces boaft,

Her purple wool the proud Affyrian coaft,
Bleft Thames's fhores, &c. P.

the MS.

VER. 61. Originally thus in let my Sylvia know,
Go, flow'ry wreath and

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1 Compar'd to thine how bright frer Beatties fhow:

Then

Bleft Thames's fhores the brightest beauties yield,
Feed here my lambs, I'll feek no diftant field.

DAPHNI S.

Celestial Venus haunts Idalia's groves;
Diana Cynthus, Ceres Hybla loves;

If Windfor-fhades delight the matchlefs maid,
Cynthus and Hybla yield to Windfor-shade.

STREPHON.

65.

All nature mourns, the fkies relent in fhow'rs, Hush'd are the birds, and clos'd the drooping flow'rs; If Delia smile, the flow'rs begin to spring,

The skies to brighten, and the birds to fing.

VARIATIONS..

Then die; and dying teach the, lovely Maid
How foon the brightest beauties are decay d.
DAPHNI S.

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Go, tuneful bird, that pleas'd the woods fo long,
Of Amaryllis learn a weeter fong;

To Heav'n arifing then her notes convey,
For Heav'n alone is worthy fuch a lay.

VER. 69. etc. Thefe verfes were thus at first :
All nature mourns, the birds their fongs deny,
Nor wafted brooks the thirty flow'rs fupply:
If Delia fmile, the flow'rs begin to fpring,
The brooks to murmur, and the birds to fing.

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VER 58. She runs, but hopes.] Imitation of Virgil, A
Mala me Galatea petit, lafciva puella,

Et fugit ad falices, fed fe cupit ante videri.
VER. 69. All nature mourns,]

Virg.

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Aret ager, vitio moriens fitit aëris herba, etc.
Phyllidis adventu nofira nemus, amne, viribit. P

DAPHNI S.

All nature laughs, the groves are fresh and fair, The Sun's mild luftre warms the vital air;

If Sylvia fmiles, new glories gild the shore,
And vanquifh'd nature seems to charm no more.

STREP. HON.

In fpring the fields, in autumn hills I love, At morn the plains, at noon the fhady grove, But Delia always; absent from her fight,

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Nor plains at morn, nor groves at noon delight. 80

DAPHNI S.:

Sylvia's like autumn ripe, yet mild as May, More bright than noon, yet fresh as early day; Ev'n fpring displeases, when she shines not here; But bleft with her, 'tis fpring throughout the year. STREPHON.

Say, Daphnis, fay, in what glad foil appears, A wond'rous Tree that facred Monarchs bears: Tell me but this, and I'll disclaim the prize, And give the conqueft to thy Sylvia's eyes.

DAPHNI S.

Nay tell me first, in what more happy fields The Thistle springs, to which the Lilly yields:

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VER. 86. A wondrous Tree that facred Monarchs bears.] An allufion to the Royal Oak, in which Charles II. had been hid from the purfuit after the battle of Worcester. P. IMITATIONS.

VER. GO. The Thistle fprings to which the Lilly yields,] Alludes to the device of the Scots Monarchs, the Thistle, worn by Queen Anne;" and to the arms of France, the

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And then a nobler prize I will refign;

For Sylvia, charming Sylvia shall be thine.

DAMON.

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Ceafe to contend, for, Daphnis, I decree,
The bowl to Strephon, and the lamb to thee:
Bleft Swains, whose Nymphs in ev'ry grace excel;

Bleft Nymphs, whose Swains those graces' fing fo well!

Now rise, and hafte to yonder woodbine bow'rs,
A soft retreat from fudden vernal show'rs;
The turf with rural dainties fhall be crown'd,
While op'ning blooms diffuse their sweets around.
For fee! the gath'ring flocks to shelter tend,
And from the Pleiads fruitful fhow'rs defcend.

VARIATIONS.

VER. 99. was originally,

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The turf with country dainties fhall be spread,
And trees with twining branches fhade your head. P.

IMITATIONS.

Fleur de lys. The two riddles are in imitation of those in Virg. Ecl. iii.

Die quibus in terris infcripti nomina Regum
Nafcantur Flores, & Phyllida folus habeto.

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VOL. I

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SUM.

SUMMER.

THE

SECOND PASTORAL,

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ALEX I S.

To Dr. GARTH.

Shepherd's

(he feeks no better name)

Led forth his flocks along the filver Thame, Where dancing fun-beams on the waters play'd, And verdant alders form'd a quiv'ring fhade. Soft as he mourn'd, the ftreams forgot to flow, 5 The flocks around a dumb compaffion show,

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VER. 3. The Scene of this Faftoral by the river's fide; fuitable to the heat of the season; the time noon.

VARIATIONS.

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VER: 1, 2, 3, 4. were thus printed in the first edition:
A faithful fwain, whom Love had taught to fing,
Bewail'd his fate befide a filver spring;

Where gentle Thames his winding waters leads
Thro' verdant forefts, and thro' flow'ry meads. P.

VER. 3. Originally thus in the MS.

There to the winds he plain'd his hapless love,
And Amaryllis fill'd the vocal grove.

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