Nonconformist Women Writers, Volume 3
’is or my absent riends the sigh will heave, 25Oh ’tis or them I drop the ruitless tear;Absence I hope will never me bereaveO riends I always hold so justly dear.But let me not at providence repineNor seek or perect happiness below; 30Lord to thy sovereign will may I resignAnd let me never rom thy precepts y.
7. An Elegy, 1766
o pensive melancholy Tought’s a prey,o dark corroding care and anxious ear,As late I passed the solitary day,Reection heaved the sigh and orced the tear.Say where does happiness on earth reside, 5Say does she visit pleasure’s airy round?In owery vales does happiness abide?Or is the goddess never to be ound?Ah no, she ies rom pleasures airy round,Flies rom the assemblies
o the great and gay, 10Nor can the vale with owery beauties crown’dDetain the goddess tho’ it courts her stay. What lasting pleasure can we ever knowill we explore it, in its native skies;Tere happiness in ull perection grows, 15Tither I may my wishes learn to rise.May resignation ever be my quest,And gentle hope her halcyon wing extend,May generous riendship still expand my breastAnd calm content on all my days attend. 20
8. An Invitation to Myrtilla in the Winter, 1766
Now Winter cloathes with snow the elds around,O ev’ry plant and ow’r disrobes the plain,In Icy Fetters ev’ry stream is bound
And Nature unresisting owns his reign.
a assembly’s] MSb Te murmuring streams in icy etters bound] 5/1