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To walk and rest, to live and die,
LOVE BUT ONE.
See these two little brooks that slowly creep
In snaky windings through the plains !
Blessing and blest by poets' strains.
But, since it broke itself, and double glides,
The naked banks no dress have worn; And yon dry barren mountain now derides
These valleys, which lost glories mourn.
O Chloris, think how this presents thy love!
Which when it ran but in one stream, We happy shepherds thence did thrive, and 'prove,
And thou wast mine and all men's theme.
But since 't hath been imparted to one more,
And in two streams doth weakly creep, Our common muse is thence grown low and poor,
And mine as lean as these my sheep.
But think withal what honour thou hast lost,
Which we did to thy full stream pay! Whilst now that swain that swears he loves thee most
Slakes but his thirst and goes away!
(From 6 stanzas.]
STILL do the stars impart their light
Only thy mind
Neglects to be
LESBIA ON HER SPARROW.
TELL me not of joy! there's none
He, just as you,
Would sigh and woo,
He would hang the wing a while,
Till at length he saw me smile, Lord! how sullen he would be !
He would catch a crumb, and then
He from my lip
Would moisture sip,
Then would hop, and then would run,
And cry Philip when he'd done; Oh! whose heart can choose but bleed ?
Oh! how eager would he fight,
No morn did pass,
He would sit, and mark, and do
What I did ; now ruffle all
His feathers o'er, now let them fall, And then straightway sleek them too.
Whence will Cupid get his darts
to pierce our hearts ?
Not love, convey,
Oh ! let mournful turtles join
With loving redbreasts, and combine To sing dirges o'er his stone.
(From“ the Ordinary."]
Whilst early light springs from the skies,
Her blush doth shed
Clear shame-fac'd beams,
That spread in streams,
I will not tell what shrieks and cries,
Whilst froward she,
To keep o'er night
Fair, we know maids do refuse
Not any kiss
do Persuade and woo. Know, pleasure's by extorting fed.
0. may her arms wax black and blue, Only by hard encircling you ; VOL. III,