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The very thought of change I hate,

As much as of despair; Nor ever covet to be great, Unless it be for her.

'Tis true, the passion in my mind Is mix'd with soft distress; Yet while the fair I love is kind,

I cannot wish it less.


WHEN spring came on with fresh delight,
To cheer the soul, and charm the sight,
While easy breezes, softer rain,
And warmer suns salute the plain;
'Twas then, in yonder piny grove,
That Nature went to meet with Love.

Green was her robe, and green her wreath,

Where'er she trod, 'twas green
Where'er she turn'd, the pulses beat
With new recruits of genial heat;
And in her train the birds appear,
To match for all the coming year.

Rais'd on a bank where daisies grew,
And violets intermix'd a blue,
She finds the boy she went to find;
A thousand pleasures wait behind,
Aside, a thousand arrows lie,
But all unfeather'd wait to fly.

When they met, the dame and boy,

Dancing Graces, idle Joy,

Wanton Smiles, and airy Play,

Conspir'd to make the scene be gay;

Love pair'd the birds through all the grove,
And Nature bid them sing to Love,
Sitting, hopping, fluttering, sing,
And pay their tribute from the wing,
To fledge the shafts that idly lie,
And yet unfeather'd wait to fly.

'Tis thus, when spring renews the blood, They meet in every trembling wood, And thrice they make the plumes agree, And every dart they mount with three, dart can boast a kind,

And every

Which suits each proper turn of mind.

From the towering eagle's plume

The generous hearts accept their doom:
Shot by the peacock's painted eye,
The vain and airy lovers die:
For careful dames and frugal men,
The shafts are speckled by the hen:

The pies and parrots deck the darts,
When prattling wins the panting hearts:
When from the voice the passions spring,
The warbling finch affords a wing:
Together, by the sparrow stung,
Down fall the wanton and the young:
And fledg'd by geese the weapons fly,
When others love they know not why.

All this, as late I chanced to rove,

I learn'd in yonder waving grove.

And see, says Love, who called me near,

How much I deal with Nature here,
How both support a proper part,
She gives the feather, I the dart.
Then cease for souls averse to sigh
If Nature cross ye, so do I;
My weapon there unfeather'd flies,

And shakes and shuffles through the skies:
But if the mutual charms I find

By which she links you, mind to mind,
They wing my shafts, I poise the darts,
And strike from both, through both




GAY Bacchus liking Estcourt's wine,
A noble meal bespoke us ;
And for the guests that were to dine,
Brought Comus, Love, and Jocus.

The god near Cupid drew his chair.
Near Comus, Jocus plac'd :
For wine makes Love forget its care,
And Mirth exalts a feast.

The more to please the sprightly god,
Each sweet engaging Grace
Put on some clothes to come abroad,
And took a waiter's place.

Then Cupid nam'd at every glass

A lady of the sky;

While Bacchus swore he'd drink the lass, And had it bumper-high.

Fat Comus toss'd his brimmers o'er

And always got the most; Jocus took care to fill him more,

Whene'er he miss'd the toast.

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