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Anna Laetitia Barbauld (Анна-Летиция Барбо)


Song 2 (IF ever thou didst joy to bind)


IF ever thou didst joy to bind
Two hearts in equal pasion join'd,
O son of Venus! hear me now,
And bid Florella bless my vow.

If any bliss reserv'd for me
Thou in the leaves of fate should'st see;
If any white propitious hour,
Pregnant with hoarded joys in store;

Now, now the mighty treasure give,
In her for whom alone I live;
In sterling love pay all the sum,
And I'll absolve the fates to come.

In all the pride of full-blown charms
Yield her, relenting, to my arms:
Her bosom touch with soft desires,
And let her feel what she inspires.

But, Cupid, if thine aid be vain
The dear reluctant maid to gain;
If still with cold averted eyes
She dash my hopes, and scorn my sighs;

O! grant ('tis all I ask of thee)
That I no more may change than she;
But still with duteous zeal love on,
When every gleam of hope is gone.

Leave me then alone to languish;
Think not time can heal my anguish;
Pity the woes which I endure;
But never, never grant a cure. 



Anna Laetitia Barbauld's other poems:
  1. Song 6 (WHEN first upon your tender cheek)
  2. Song 5 (AS near a weeping spring reclin'd)
  3. Hymn 5 (AWAKE, my soul! lift up thine eyes)
  4. Song 4 (WHEN gentle Celia first I knew)
  5. An Inventory of the Furniture in Dr. Priestley's Study


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