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FAIR AND SOFT.
Fair, and soft, and gay, and young,
But growing bolder, in her ear
But long I had not been in view,
(From the Hive, a collection of Songs, 4 vol. 8vo. 1732.]
RAIL NO MORE.
Rail no more ye learned asses,
'Gainst the joys the bowl supplies ;
Wisdom at the bottom lies.
Sipping quenches all our fire,
Bumpers light it up again.
Enter jollity and joy;
We for thinking have no leisure,
Manly mirth is our employ:
We'll the present hour engage ;
With applause we'll quit the stage.
To the health I'm now proposing,
Let's have one full glass at least ; No one here can think’t imposing
'Tis the founder of the feast.
CARE, THOU CANKER.
Care, thou canker of our joys,
Now thy tyrant reign is o'er, Fill the mystic bowl, my boys,
Join the bacchanalian roar.
Seize the villain, plunge him in,
See the hated miscreant dies :Mirth and all thy train come in,
Banish sorrow, tears and sighs.
O'er our merry midnight bowls,
0, how happy shall we be ; Day was made for vulgar souls,
Night my boys for you and me.
A CHOIR OF BRIGHT BEAUTIES.
A choir of bright beauties
In spring did appear,
To govern the year ;
All the nymphs were in white,
And the shepherds in green,
And Phillis was queen.
And sighing did say,
While Pan is away.
While Pan and fair Syrinx
Are fled from the shore,
graces are banish’d,
That warm'd our desires,
And extinguish'd his fires
And his mother will mourn,
In triumph return.
And court us no more ;
What the deity swore :
Of deserving our charms,
And take to your arms :
Your brows shall adorn,
In triumph return.
OH! FORBEAR TO BID ME SLIGHT HER.
Born 1685-Died 1750.
Oh! forbear to bid me slight her,
Soul and senses take her part; Could my death itself delight her,
Life should leap to leave my heart. Strong, though soft, a lover's chain, Charm'd with woe, and pleased with pain.
Though the tender flame were dying,
Love would light it at her eyes;
Through my ear my soul surprise.
Vainly now ye strive to charm me,
All ye sweets of blooming May;
While Lotharia keeps away?
Shade, ye clouds, the smiling sky;
Softer sunshine fills her eye.