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Ite hinc, Camænæ! vos quoque ite, suaves
Dulces Camænæ! Nam (fatebimur enim)
Dulces fuistis. Et tamen meas chartas
Revisitote, sed pudenter et raro.-VIRG., Catal. vii.

(From the Preface to the Sybilline Leaves.)

POEMS WRITTEN IN YOUTH.

B

Felix curarum, cui non Heliconia cordi
Serta, nec imbelles Parnassi e vertice laurus!
Sed viget ingenium, et magnos accinctus in usus
Fert animus quascunque vices.-Nos tristia vitæ
Solamur cantu

Stat. Silv., lib. iv. 4,

POEMS WRITTEN IN YOUTH.

FIRST ADVENT OF LOVE.*

O Fair is Love's first hope to gentle mind!
As Eve's first star thro’ fleecy cloudlet peeping;
And sweeter than the gentle south-west wind,
O’er willowy meads and shadowed waters creeping,
And Ceres' golden fields ;-the sultry hind
Meets it with brow uplift, and stays his reaping.

1788.

GENEVIEVE.

Maid of my Love, sweet Genevieve!
In Beauty's light you glide along:
Your

eye

is like the star of eve,
And sweet your Voice, as Seraph's song.
Yet not your heavenly Beauty gives
This heart with passion soft to glow:
Within your soul a Voice there lives!
It bids

you

hear the tale of Wee.

. See Note at the end of the volume.

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