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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 sooth'd th' inchanting dream, 'Till love inspir'd a bolder scheme.
Camilla, stung with grief and shame; Now marks, and shuns the guilty flame; 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
Or sprightly joy, or calm repose.
Clarissa came to bless the feast,
Her eye with sparkling lustre glows,
Now sooth'd the angel's voice I hear, And drink in love at either ear; Now stung with wilder rapture gaze, While our eyes meet with blended rays; And kindling in th' infectious flame, I feel what words want pow'r to name.
Awaking from the silent trance, Cautious I steal a broken glance; In clam'rous mirth each pang disguise, And laughter swell with bursting sighs; For Envy, pallid fiend, was there, And Jealousy with watchful care.
Now ends the feast, each guest retires, And with them all my soul desires, Clarissa goes.Ah! cruel fate! She goes with her ill-sorted mate: Sullen and slow he moves along, And heavy hums a drowsy song. O! drowsy may the monster lye, And instant slumbers seal his eye! So shalt thou, best belov'd, escape The horrors of a legal rape.
Or, should the brutish instinct goad, And thou must bear th' unwelcome load;
If struggle, pray'r, pretence be vain,
But if, in chaster love's despite, Warm nature catch the known delight; While fierce desires tumultuous rise, And rapture melts thy closing eyes; Ah! be those joys for me design'd, And let me rush upon thy mind! To me the burning kiss impart, On me impress the humid dart, For me unlock the nectar'd store, Then sigh, and dream the transport o'er!
Thus with her lov'd idea fraught, Delusive fancy charms my thought; And joining in the flatt'ring cheat, Willing I hug the dear deceit ;