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Of sunny features, and of ardent eyes,

y a With flowing rapture bright, dark looks succeed, g' Suffused and glaring with untender fire; . - er taget A clouded aspect, and a burning cheek, u* ..* Where the whole poison'd soul, malignant, sitsgeri And frightens love away. Ten thousand fears, Invented wild, ten thousand frantic views Of horrid rivals, hanging on the charms un ! For which he melts in fondness, eat him up ! With fervent anguish and consuming rage. In vain reproaches lend their idle aid, Deceitful pride, and resolution frail, Giving false peace a moment. Fancy pours Afresh her beauties on his busy thought, Her first endearments twining round the soul, With all the witchcraft of ensnaring love. Straight the fierce storm involves his mind anew, Flames through the nerves, and boils along the veins; While anxious doubt distracts the tortured heart: For e'en the sad assurance of his fears . Were ease to what he feels. Thus the warm youth, Whom love deludes into his thorny wilds, Through flowery tempting paths, or leads a life Of fever'd rapture, or of cruel care; His brightest aims extinguish'd all, and all His lively moments running down to waste,

But happy they! the happiest of their kind! Whom gentler stars unite, and in one fateatt

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Their hearts, their fortunes, and their beings blend: 'Tis not the coarser tie of human laws, tad Jefri d'! Unnatural oft and foreign to the mind,

1 910st - V That binds their peace, but harmony itself,' WITH Attuning all their passions into love; : ils Mual qz'! Where friendship full exerts her softest power, 6 tom Perfect esteem enliven'd by desire ' m09but soul Ineffable, and sympathy of soul;;? Puntu 19 11 Thought meeting thought, and will preventing willo With boundless confidence: for nought but love 114 Can answer love, and render bliss secureori duesto? Let him, ungenerous, who, alone intenti 1110 11 To bless himself, from sordid parents buys : The loathing virgin, in eternal care. y Well merited, consume his nights and days : 11.or Let barbarous nations, whose inhuman love soney Is wild desire, fierce as the suns they feel; ;) !" Let eastern tyrants from the light of Heaten es Seclude their bosom slaves, meanly possessid: 1: Of a mere lifeless, violated form : 11!!! ****0471 While those whom love cements in holy faith,uc yar! And equal transport, free as Nature live, y 3/1229T10T'I Disdaining fear. What is the world to them, 9291l'l Its pomp, its pleasure, and its nonsense all! -uds bird Who in each other clasp whatever fair -2012 High fancy forms, and lavish hearts can wish ; .1 fli'Something than beauty dearer, should they look, I. tta Or on the mind, or mind-illumined face, 4010999 11,1

Trath, goodness, honour, harmony, and love sd d'I
The richest bounty of indulgent Heaven, sdt ton ait
Meantime a smiling offspring rises round,o LEIKINI
And mingles both their graces. By degrees and thiIT
The human blossom blows; and every day, , smuff!
Soft as it rolls along, shows some new charm) : » pf
The father's lustre, and the mother's bloom - zgagnre « ?
Then infant reason grows apace, and calls. , -, vam
For the kind hand of an assiduous care. riti
Delightful task li tocrear the tender thought, Frey
To teach the young idea how to shoot,
To pour the fresh instruction o’er the mind,
To breathe the enlivening spirit, and to fix
The generous purpose in the glowing breast.
Oh, speak the joy! ye, whom the sudden tear
Surprises often, while you look around,
And nothing strikes your eye but sights of bliss,
All various Nature pressing on the heart:
An elegant sufficiency, content,
Retirement, rural quiet, friendship, books,
Ease and alternate labour, useful life,
Progressive virtue, and approving Heaven!
These are the matchless joys of virtuous love;
And thus their moments fly. The Seasons thus,
As ceaseless round a jarring world they roll,
Still find them happy; and consenting SPRING
Sheds her own rosy garland on their heads:
Till evening comes at last, serene and mild;'

When after the long vernal day of life,
Enamour'd more, as more remembrance swells
With many a proof of recollected love,
Together down they sink in social sleep;
Together freed, their gentle spirits flý
To scenes where love and bliss immortal reign.

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_.she with the sylvan pen Of rural lovers this confefsion carv'd, Which soon her Damon kiss'd with weeping joy:




JAN. 1,1825

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