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Whate'er befall, unless by cruel chance
The wolf first give me a forbidding glance,
Thou shalt not moulder undeplored, but long
Thy praise shall dwell on ev'ry shepherd's tongue;
To Daphnis first they shall delight to pay,
And, after him, to thee the votive lay,
While Pales shall the flocks and pastures love,
Or Faunus to frequent the field or grove,
At least, if ancient piety and truth,
With all the learned labours of thy youth,
May serve thee aught, or to have left behind
A sorrowing friend, and of the tuneful kind. [due

“Go, seek your home, my lambs; my thoughts are
To other cares than those of feeding you.
Yes, Damon such thy sure reward shall be ;
But ah, what doom awaits unhappy me !
Who, now, my pains and perils shall divide,
As thou wast wont, for ever at my side,
Both when the rugged frost annoy'd our feet,
And when the herbage all was parch'd with heat ;
Whether the grim wolf's ravage to prevent,
Or the huge lion's, arm'd with darts, he went :
Whose converse, now, shall calm my stormy day,
With charming song, who now beguile my way?

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To other cares than those of feeding you.
In whom shall I confide? whose counsel find
A balmy med'cine for my troubled mind?
Or whose discourse, with innocent delight,
Shall fill me now, and cheat the wintry night,
While hisses on my hearth the pulpy pear,
And black'ning chestnuts start and crackle there,
While storms abroad the dreary meadows whelm,
And the wind thunders through the neighb'ring elm ?

“Go, seek your home, my lambs; my thoughts are due To other cares than those of feeding you. Or who, when summer suns their summit reach, And Pan sleeps hidden by the shelt'ring beech, When shepherds disappear, nymphs seek the sedge, And the stretch'd rustic snores beneath the hedge, Who then shall render me thy pleasant vein Of Attic wit, thy jests, thy smiles again? “Go, seek your home, my lambs; my thoughts are due To other cares than those of feeding you. Where glens and vales are thickest overgrown With tangled boughs, I wander now alone, Till night descend, while blust'ring wind and show'r Beat on my temples through the shatter'd bow'r, “Go, seek your home, my lambs; my thoughts are due To other cares than those of feeding you. Alas! what rampant weeds now shame my fields, And what a mildew'd crop the furrow yields ! My rambling vines, unwedded to the trees, Bear shrivell'd grapes, my myrtles fail to please, Nor please me more my flocks; they, slighted, turn Their unavailing looks on me, and mourn. [due “Go, seek your home, my lambs; my thoughts are To other cares than those of feeding you. AEgon invites me to the hazel grove, Amyntas, on the river's bank to rove, And young Alphesiboeus to a seat Where branching elms exclude the mid-day heat. ‘Here fountains spring—here mossy hillocks rise; Here Zephyr whispers, and the stream replies.’ Thus each persuades, but, deaf to ev'ry call, I gain the thickets, and escape them all.

! { o, seek your home, my lambs; my thoughts are ue To other cares than those of feeding you. Then Mopsus said (the same who reads so well The voice of birds, and what the stars foretell, For he by chance had noticed my return), “What means thy sullen mood, this deep concern ? Ah Thyrsis thou art either crazed with love, Or some sinister influence from above ; Dull Saturn's influence oft the shepherds rue: His leaden shaft oblique has pierced thee through.” “Go, go, my lambs, unpastured as ye are, My thoughts are all now due to other care. The nymphs amazed, my melancholy see, And ‘Thyrsis 1' cry—‘what will become of thee l What wouldst thou, Thyrsist such should not appear The brow of youth, stern, gloomy, and severe ; Brisk youth should laugh, and love—ah shun the fate Of those, twice wretched mopes who love too late l' “Go, go, my lambs, unpastured as ye are, My thoughts are all now due to other care. AEgle with Hyas came, to soothe my pain, And Baucis' daughter, Dryope, the vain, Fair Dryope, for voice and finger neat Known far and near, and for her self-conceit ; Chloris too came, whose cottage on the lands That skirt the Idumanian current stands; But all in vain they came, and but to see Kind words, and comfortable, lost on Ine. “Go, go, my lambs, unpastured as ye are ; My thoughts are all now due to other care. Ah blest indiff'rence of the playful herd, None by his fellow chosen, or preferr'd No bonds of amity the flocks enthrall, But each associates and is pleased with all ;

So graze the dappled deer in num'rous droves,
And all his kind alike the zebra loves;
The same law governs, where the billows roar,
And Proteus' shoals o'erspread the desert shore;
The sparrow, meanest of the feather'd race,
His fit companion finds in ev'ry F.
With whom he picks the grain that suits him best,
Flirts here and there, and late returns to rest,
And whom if chance the falcon makes his prey,
Or hedger with his well-aim'd arrow slay,
For no such loss the gay survivor grieves ;
New love he seeks, and new delight receives.
We only, an obdurate kind, rejoice,
Scorning all others in a single choice.
We scarce in thousands meet one kindred mind,
And if the long-sought good at last we find,
When least we fear it, Death our treasure steals,
And gives our heart a wound that nothing heals,
“Go, go, my lambs, unpastured as ye are ;
My thoughts are all now due to other care,
Ah, what delusion lured me from my flocks,
To traverse Alpine snows and rugged rocks
What need so great had I to visit Rome,
Now sunk in ruins, and herself a tomb {
Or, had she flourish'd still as when, of old,
For her sake Tityrus forsook his fold,
What need so great had I t' incur a pause
Of thy sweet intercourse for such a cause,
For such a cause to place the roaring sea,
Rocks, mountains, woods, between my friend and
me?
Else, had I #." thy feeble hand, composed
Thy decent limbs, thy drooping eyelids §.
And, at the last, had said—"Farewell—ascend—
Nor even in the skies forget thy friend l'

“Go, go, my lambs, untended homeward fare ; My thoughts are all now due to other care. Although well-pleased, ye tuneful Tuscan swains ! My mind the mem'ry of your worth retains, Yet not your worth can teach me less to mourn My Damon lost.—He too was Tuscan born, Born in your Lucca, city of renown And wit possess'd, and genius, like your own. O, how elate was I, when stretch'd beside The murm'ring course of Arno's breezy tide, Beneath the poplar grove I pass'd my hours, Now cropping myrtles, and now vernal flow'rs, And hearing, as I lay at ease along, Your swains contending for the prize of song ! I also dared attempt (and, as it seems, Not much displeas'd attempting) various themes, For even I can presents boast from you, The shepherd's pipe, and ozier basket too, And Dati and Francini, both have made My name familiar to the beechen shade, And they are learn'd, and each in ev'ry place Renown'd for song, and both of Lydian race.

“Go, go, my lambs, untended homeward fare; My thoughts are all now due to other care. While bright the dewy grass with moonbeams shone, And I stood hurdling in my kids alone, How often have I said (but thou hadst found Ere then thy dark cold lodgment under ground) Now Damon sings, or springes sets for hares, Or wicker-work for various use prepares 1 How oft, indulging fancy, have I plann'd New scenes of pleasure, that I hoped at hand, Call'd thee abroad as I was wont, and cried— ‘What hoa my friend—come, lay thy task aside, Haste, let us forth together, and beguile

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