Pastorals with a Discourse on Pastoral Poetry:

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SUMMER:

THE SECOND PASTORAL
OR ALEXIS

To Dr. Garth

ASHEPHERD's Boy (he seeks no better name)
Led forth his flocks along the silver Thame,
Where dancing sun-beams on the waters play'd
,
And verdant alders form'd a quiv'ring shade.

Soft as he mourn'd, the streams forgot to flow,
5
The flocks around a dumb compassion show,
The Naïads wept in ev'ry wat'ry bow'r,

Dr. Samuel Garth, Author of the Dispensary, was one of the first
friends of the Author, whose acquaintance with him began at fourteen
or fifteen. Their friendship continued from the year 1703 to 1718, which
was that of his death. P.

I , etc. were thus printed in the first edition:

A faithful swain, whom Love had taught to sing,
Bewail'd kis fate beside a silver spring;
Where gentle Thames his winding waters leads
Thro' verdant forests
, and thro' flowery meads. P.

3. Originally thus in the MS.

There to the winds he plain'd his hapless love,
And Amaryllis fill'd the vocal grove.

3. The Scene of this Pastoral by the river's side, suitable to the heat of the season; the time Noon. P.

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