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Imitation of Fifteenth Ode of the First Book of Horace

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V ERS DE SOCIETÈ.

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ADDRESSED TO A LADY QUITTING LONDON.

“When compelld to be parted from those,
“With whom friendship delighted would dwell;
“How gloomy th' ev'ning must close,
“ That ushers the morning-Farewell.”

Old Ballad.

You request, ere we part, a brief line to convey, The sensations obscuring this long-dreaded day ;

VOL. II.

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And as with your mandate, the Muse must comply, Not a blush o’er that dimple shall spread its soft dye;

Or envelope those features, so modest and mild,

Proclaiming their owner, Simplicity's child ;
For we know the dislike of your sensitive frame,

If the cynical world ever mention your name;
That name to the wind ne'er was whisper'd by me;

And this verse shall be sacred, to friendship and thee,
High-bred without falsehood, by fashion unchilld,
In each feminine grace, and accomplishment skilld;
With a knowledge of books you discreetly conceal;

With an insight of life you as seldom reveal;

From the tumult of pleasure you gladly retire,

To the shelter of home, and your own social fire; And prove by your conduct, deportment, and air, What a polish our country's bright jewels can bear.

Then establish'd for months in your summer retreat,

(That temple of dulness—a fine country seat ;)
No Prospero's wand, with its magical spell,
Absent friends to recall, and the vapours dispel ;
But you saunter each morn, thro' a desolate park,
Your attendants the deer, and your music the dark;

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