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With her modesty pleases the grave;
She is every way pleasing to me.
O you, that have been of her train,
Come and join in my amorous lays!
That will sing but a song in her praise.
Come trooping, and listen the while; Nay, on him may not Phyllida frown;
- But I cannot allow her to smile.
For when Paridel tries in the dance
Any favour with Phyllis to find, O how, with one trivial glance,
Might she ruin the peace of my mind! In ringlets he dresses his hair,
And his crook is bestudded around; And his pipe-oh, my Phillis! beware
Of a magic there is in the sound.
'Tis his with mock passion to glow;
'Tis his in smooth tales to unfold, “How her face is as bright as the snow,
And her bosom, be sure, is as cold; How the nightingales labour the strain,
With the notes of his charmer to vie; How they vary their accents in vain,
Repine at her triumphs, and die.”
To the grove or the garden he strays,
And pillages every sweet;
He throws it at Phyllis's feet.
More sweet than the jessamine's flower! What are pinks in the morn to compare?
What is eglantine after a shower?
« Then the lily no longer is white;
Then the rose is depriv'd of its bloom; Then the violets die with despite,
And the woodbines give up their perfume." Thus glide the soft numbers along,
And he fancies no shepherd bis peer: Yet I never should envy the song,
Were not Phyllis to lend it an ear.
Let his crook be with hyacinths bound,
So Phyllis the trophy despise ;
So they shine not in Phyllis's eyes.
Is a stranger to Paridel's tongue.; -Yet may she beware of his art,
Or sure I must envy the song.
Ye Shepherds, give ear to my lay,
And take no more heed of my sheep: They have nothing to do but to stray;
I have nothing to do but to weep, Yet do not my folly reprove;
She was fair-and my passion begun; She smil'd-and I could not but love;
She is faithless and I am undone.
Perhaps I was void of all thought;
Perhaps it was plain to foresee, That a nymph so complete would be sought
By a swain more engaging than me.
It banishes wisdom the while;
Seems for ever adorn'd with a smile.
She is faithless, and I am undone;
Ye that witness the woes I endure, Let reason instruct you to shun
What it cannot instruct you to cure. Beware how you loiter in vain
Amid nymphs of a higher degree. It is not for me to explain
How fair, and how fickle they be.
Alas! from the day that we met,
What hope of an end to my woes? When I cannot endure to forget
The glarice that undid my repose. Yet time may diminish the pain:
The flow'r, and the shrub, and the tree, Which I rear'd for her pleasure in vain,
In time may have comfort for me.
The sweets of a dew-sprinkled rose,
The sound of a murmuring stream, The peace which from solitude flows,
Henceforth shall be Corydon's theme. High transports are shown to the sight,
But we are not to find them our own; Fate never bestow'd such delight
As I with my Phyllis had known.
O ye woods, spread your branches apace!
To your deepest recesses I fly; I would hide with the beasts of the chace;
I would vanish from every eye. Yet my reed shall resound through the grove
With the same sad complaint it begun; How she smil'd, and I could not but love!
Was faithless, and I am undone!