The English Anthology

The English Anthology

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1793 edition. Excerpt: ...roll, ere in her turn the maid Shall weep the fury of my love decay'd; 585 And weeping follow me, as thou dost now, With idle clamours of a broken vow. Nor can the wildness of thy wishes err So wide, to hope that thou may'st live with her. Love, well thou know'st, no partnership allows: Cupid averse rejects divided vows: 591 Then from thy foolish heart, vain maid, remove An useless sorrow, and an ill-starr'd love; And leave me, with the fair, at large in woods to rove. EMMA. Are we in life through one great error led? Is each man perjur'd, and each nymph betray'd J I Of the superior sex art thou the worst? Am I of mine the most. compleatly curst? Yet let me go with thee; and going prove, From what I will endure, how much I love. 600 This potent beauty, this triumphant fair, This happy object of our diff'rent care, Her let me follow; her let me attend, A servant: (me may scorn the name of friend.) What she demands, incessant I'll prepare: 605 I'll weave her garlands; and I'll pleat her hair: My busie diligence shall deck her board; ( For there at least I may approach my lord); And, when her Henry's softer hours advise His servants absence, with dejected eyes Far I'll recede, and sighs forbid to rise. Yet, when increasing grief brings flow disease; And ebbing life, on terms severe as these, Will have its little lamp no longer fed; When Henry's mistress shows him Emma dead; Rescue my poor remains from vile neglect: 616 With virgin honours let my hearse be deckt, And decent emblem; and at least persuade This happy nymph, that Emma may be laid Where thou, dear author of my death, where she, With frequent eye my sepulchre may see. 621 The nymph amidst her joys may haply breath One pious sigh, reflecting on my death, And the sad fate which she may one...show more

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  • Paperback | 74 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 150g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236497503
  • 9781236497505