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Edwin, I wis, a gentle youth,
Though badly shap'd he'd been.
His mountain back mote well be said,
And lift itself above ;
This creature dar'd to love,
He felt the charms of Edith's eyes,
Could ladies look within :
He had a shape to win.
Edwin, if right I read my song,
All in the moony light;
To revel out the night.
His heart was drear, his hope was cross’d, 'Twas late, 'twas far, the path was loft.
That reach'd the neighbour-town; With weary steps he quits the shades, Resolv'd the darkling dome he treads,
And drops his limbs adown.
But fcant he lays him on the floor,
And trembling rocks the ground:
And well I ween, to count aright,
On all the walls around.
Now founding tongues affail his ear;
And now the sounds increase :
Come prankling o'er the place,
But (trust me, Gentles !) never yet
Or half so rich before ;
The town it's filken store,
Now whilft he gaz'd, a gallant dress'd In fiąunting robes above the rest,
With awful accent cry'd; • What mortal of a wretched mind, • Whose fighs infect the balmy wind,
• Has here presum'd to hide ?'
At this the swain, whose venturous foul No fears of magick art controul,
Advanc'd in open fight; • Nor have I cause of dreed,' he said, • Who view, by no presumption led,
• Your revels of the night.
. 'Twas grief, for scorn of faithful love, • Which made my steps unweeting rove
Amid the nightly dew."
« 'Tis well,' the gallant cries again; • We fairies never injure men
• Who dare to tell us true.
• Exalt thy love-dejected heart,
- To make thee grief refign:
.6 Be little Mable thine,
And full against the beam he flung,
r To spraul urneath the roof.
From thence, · Reverse my charm,' he cries, • And let it fairly now suffice
· The gambol has been shown." But Oberon answers with a smile, • Content thee, Edwin, for a while,
• The 'vantage is thine own."
But soon as Dan Apollo rose,
He feels his back the lefs ; 2.1.7r
Which made him want fuccessoir::.
With lufty livelyhed he talks;
His story foon took wind;