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... some little cheering, In this close dungeon of innumerous boughs. But oh, that
hapless virgin, our lost sister ! Where may she wander now ? whither betake her
From the chill dew, amongst rude burs and thistles ? Perhaps some cold bank is
This evening late, by then the chewing flocks Had ta'en their supper on the
savoury herb Of knot-grass dew-besprent,21 and were in fold, I sat me down to
watch upon a bank With ivy canopied, and interwove With flaunting honeysuckle,
By the rushy -fringed bank, Where grows the willow and the osier dank, My
sliding chariot stays, Thick set with ajrate, and the azure sheen Of turkis blue, and
emerald green, That in the channel strays ; Whilst from off the waters fleet Thus I
I lis there with humid bow Waters the odorous banks, that blow Flowers of more
mingled hue Than her purfled B2 scarf can shew. And drenches with Elysian dew
(List, mortals, if your ears be true) Beds of hyacinth and roses, Where young ...
And Uere and there thy banks upon. hanks is the nominative case, as head was
in the last line but one. The sense and syntax of the whole is, may thy head be
crowned round about with towers, &C, and here and there [may] thy banks [be ...
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