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BY EARL NUGENT.
While I those hard commands obey,
All creatures whom fond Aames inspire, Pursue the object they desire : But I, prepost'rous doom! must prove By distant fight the strongest love ; And ev'ry way distress'd by fate, Must lose thy sight, or meet thy hate.
By the Same.
WEARY'd with indolent repose, A life unmix'd with joys or woes; Where all the lazy moments crept, And every passion sluggisb slept ; I wish'd for Love's inspiring pains To rouze the loiterer in my veins. Th' officious power my call attends, He who uncall'd his succour lends ; And with a smile of wanton spite, He gave
Camilla to my sight. Her eyes their willing captive seize, Her look, her air, her manner please ; New beauties please, unseen before, Or seen, in her they please me more ; And soon, too soon, alas ! I find The virtues of a nobler kind,
Now cheerful springs the morning ray, Now cheerful sinks the closing day;
For every morn with her I walk'd,
How quick the smiling moments pass, Through varying Fancy's mimic glass ! While the gay scene is painted o’er, Where all was one wide blank before ; And sweetly suoth'd th’inchanting dream, 'Till love inspir'd a bolder scheme.
Camilla, stung with grief and shame : Now marks, and shuns the guilty fame ; Fierce anger lighten'd in her face, Then cold reserve assum'd its place : And soon, the wretch's hardest fate, Contempt succeeds declining hate. No more my presence now she flies, She sees me with unheeding eyes; Sees me with various passions burn, Enrag'd, depart,-submiss, return; Return with flattering hopes to find Soft pity move her gentle mind. But ah! her looks were still the same, Unmark'd I went, unmark'd I came; Unmark'd were all my hopes and fears, While Strephon whispers in her ears,
O Jealousy! distracting guest! Fly to some happy lover's breast; Fitly with joy thou minglest care, But why inhabit with despair ?
By the Same.
'Twas when the friendly shade of night
Clarissa came to bless the feast,