To the Muse
Tho’ no bold flights to thee belong; And tho’ thy lays with conscious fear, Shrink from Judgement’s eye severe, Yet much I thank thee, Spirit of my song! For, lovely Muse! thy sweet employ Exalts my soul, refines my breast, Gives each pure pleasure keener zest, And softens sorrow into pensive Joy. From thee I learn’d the wish to bless, From thee to commune with my heart; From thee, dear Muse! the gayer part, To laugh with pity at the crowds that press Where Fashion flaunts her robes by Folly spun, Whose hues gay-varying wanton in the sun.
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