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THE

POETICAL WORKS OF

JOHN DRYDEN

VOLUME IV

ALDI

DISOIP.

ANGLVS

LONDON

WILLIAM PICKERING

1832

HARVARD COLLEGE LIBRARY

GIFT OF
MARY E, HAVEN
JULY 2, 1914.

CHARLES WHITTINCTIV,

LONDON.

THE FLOWER AND THE LEAF;

OR, THE LADY IN THE ARBOUR.

A VISION.

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Now turning from the wint'ry signs, the sun
His course exalted through the Ram had run,
And whirling up the skies, his chariot drove
Through Taurus, and the lightsome realms of love;
Where Venus from her orb descends in showers,
To glad the ground, and paint the fields with flowers:
When first the tender blades of grass appear,
And buds, that yet the blast of Eurus fear,
Stand at the door of life, and doubt to clothe the year:
Till gentle heat, and soft repeated rains
Make the

green

blood to dance within their veins : Then, at their call, embolden'd out they come, And swell the gems and burst the narrow room; Broader and broader yet, their blooms display, Salute the welcome sun, and entertain the day. Then from their breathing souls the sweets repair To scent the skies, and purge the unwholesome air : Joy spreads the heart, and, with a general song, Spring issues out, and leads the jollymonths along.

In that sweet season, as in bed I lay, And sought in sleep to pass the night away, I turn'd my weary side, but still in vain, Though full of youthful health, and void of pain :

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