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She next the stately Bull implor'd;
The Goat remark'd, “ her pulse was high, Her languid head, her heavy eye:” “ My back," says he, “ may do you harm ; The Sheep's at hand, and wool is warm.”
The Sheep was feeble, and complain'd
She now the trotting Calf address'd, To save from death a friend distress'd.
“Shall I,” says he, “ of tender age, In this important care engage ? Older and abler pass’d you by ; How strong are those ! how weak am I! Should I presume to bear you hence, Those friends of mine may take offence. Excuse me, then; you know my heart; But dearest friends, alas! must part. How shall we all lament! Adieu ; For see, the hounds are just in view."
O SAY, thou dear possessor of my breast, Where now's my boasted liberty and rest ! Where the gay moments that I once have known! O where that heart I fondly thought my own! From place to place I solitary roam, Abroad uneasy, not content at home. I scorn the beauties common eyes adore, The more I view them, fcel thy worth the more: Unmov'd I hear them speak, or see them fair, And only think on thee,---who art not there. In vain would books their former succour lend, Nor wit, nor wisdom, can relieve their friend; Wit can't deceive the pain I now endure, And wisdom shows the ill without the cure.
When from thy sight I waste the tedious day,
And could I speak with elegance and ease, Till now not tedious of the art to please ; Could I, at woman who so oft exclaim, Expose (nor blush) thy triumph and my shame; Abjure those maxims I so lately priz’d, And court that sex I foolishly despis’d; Own thou hast soften’d my obdurate mind, And thou reveng’d the wrongs of womankind : Lost were my words, and fruitless all my pain, In vain to tell thee, all I write in vain: Myhumble sighs shall only reach thy ears, And all my eloquence shall be my tears.
And now (for more I never must pretend)
But wisely choose who best deserves thy fame,
And, meanly learned in that guilty trade, . Can long abuse a fond unthinking maid.
And since their lips, so knowing to deceive,