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CLASS THE FIRST

CONTINUED.

ODE XXXVIII.

TO PLEASURE.

Sister of Youth and laughing Joy,

Sweet Pleasure, sorrow-soothing queen,
Daughter of Venus, ever-young,

And Bacchus wreath’d.with ivy green;
Whom on their laps the rosy-bosom'd Hours,
And all the Graces nurst beneath Idalian bowers.

O lead me to thy blissful vale !

Where Hope and Health in sprightly round,
Leisure, with Freedom hand in hand,

In dance fantastic beat the ground;
Where'er they tread the fairest flowers arise,
Embroidering all the green with ever-varying dies.

Let the stern pedant love to waste

In studious search the tedious night,
Attentive to the learned page,

By musing taper's glimmering light,

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