A Collection of English Poems, 1660-1800

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Here take this silver, it maie eathe49 thie care;
We are Goddes stewards all, nete50 of oure owne we bare.

But ah! unhailie51 pilgrim, lerne of me, 85
Scathe anie give a rentrolle to their Lorde.
Here take my semecope,52 thou arte bare I see;
Tis thyne; the Seynctes will give me mie rewarde.
He left the pilgrim, and his waie aborde.
Virgynne and hallie Seyncte, who sitte yn gloure,5390 Or give the mittee54 will, or give the gode man power.


JOHN LANGHORNE
(1753-1764-1779)

A Farewell Hymn to the Valley of Irwan1

FAREWEL the fields of Irwan's vale,
My infant years where fancy led;
And sooth'd me with the western gale,
Her wild dreams waving round my head;
While the blythe blackbird told his tale. 5 Farewel, the fields of Irwan's vale!

The primrose on the valley's side,
The green thyme on the mountain's head;
The wanton rose, the daisy pied,
The wilding's blossom blushing red: 10 No longer I their sweets inhale.
Farewel, the fields of Irwan's vale!

How oft, within yon vacant shade,
Has ev'ning clos'd my careless eye!
How oft, along those banks, I've stray'd, 15 And watch'd the wave that wander'd by!
Full long their loss shall I bewail.
Farewel, the fields of Irwan's vale!

____________________
1
Published in Solyman and Almena, 1762. Text of The Novelist's Magasine, Volume II, 1780.
49
ease.
50
nought.
51
unhappy.
52
a short under-cloke.
53
glory.
54
mighty, rich.

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