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Her neat but homely garments pressed
The pure, the feeling heart;
Of decorated art.
- If sharing all thy cares (she said),
Has paled my beauty's rose, Ah! know, for thee the heart that bled,
With all its passion glows:
• Blest moment, to my wish that gives
The long, long, absent youth !
And love confirms the truth.
• When thy brave comrades fell around,
What power's benignant care Secured thee from the fatal wound,
And Laura from despair ?
• Oft in the troubling dream of night,
I saw the rushing spear ;
Dispel the lingering fear.'
• Thy tender fears (the youth replied),
Ah give them to the air !
And pleasure be our care.
• Let us pursue the joy begun,
Nor lose by dull delay :
Illume our nuptial day ??
With look declined she blushed consent
Reserve that takes alarm,
To raise meek beauty's charm.
The guests, to hail the wedded pair,
Beneath their roof repaired ; With them the little feast to share,
Their scanty purse prepared.
Tho' no delicious wines were poured,
Mirth took his destined place, The handmaid Neatness spread the board, And sage
Content said grace.
Scarce thro' one hasty week had love
His grateful blessing shed,
Their bumble mansion fled :
Twas at Bellona's voice it flew,
That called to War’s alarms; Bade the youth rise, to valour true,
And break from Laura's arms.
But still she strained him to her heart,
To lengthen the adieu ! * Ah what, (she said), should'st thou depart,
Shall I and sorrow do ?
Say, valiant youth, when thou'rt away,
Who'll raise my drooping head ? How shall I chase the fears that say,
Thy loved Cabeysa's dead ?'
With thine my fate I now involve,
Intent thy course to steer; No words shall shake
firm resolve, Not even that trickling tear.
Framed for each scene of soft delight,'
(He said,) thy gentle form, As shrinks the lily at the blight,
Will droop beneath the storm.
• Blest in thy presence, every pain,"
(He added, brings a charm; And love, though falls the beating rain,
Will keep this bosom warm.'
E'en as the wall-flower rears its head,
'Mid ruins, wrecks, and tombs, So ʼmid the woes around that spread,
True love unconquered blooms.
Her zeal (the supplement of strength),
Upheld her many a day, But nature's powers subdued at length,
Ou sickness' couch she lay.
Three painful days unseen she lay
Of him she held so dear; "Ah! does he thus
love She said, and dropt a tear.
Cabeysa, at a league's remove,
Dwells on the tent-spread hill; Ah! wherefore did he vow true love,
And not that vow fulfil ?'
Yet not deficiency of truth
Forbade to yield relief; Stern power withheld the tender youth,
And duty to his chief :
Who, wisely counselled, drew a line
To check the hand of stealth, That ravaged wide th' encircling vine,
The humble peasant's wealth.
the line, it was ordained, Whoever should presume, Should a deserter be arraigned,
And meet a coward's doom.
The law by equity approved,
And to the peasant dear,