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First Line: Calm was the even, and clear was the sky
Last Line: He laugh'd out with a ha ha ha ha.
Subject(s): Courage; Fortune; Goddesses & Gods; Mythology; Singing & Singers; War; Valor; Bravery; Songs


CALM was the Even, and clear was the Sky,
And the new-budding Flowers did spring,
When all alone went Amyntas and I
To hear the sweet Nightingal sing;
I sate, and he laid him down by me;
But scarcely his breath he could draw;
For when with a fear, he began to draw near,
He was dash'd with A ha ha ha ha!

He blush'd to himself, and lay still for a while,
And his modesty curb'd his desire;
But straight I convinc'd all his fear with a smile,
Which added new Flames to his Fire.
O Sylvia, said he, you are cruel,
To keep your poor Lover in awe;
Then once more he prest with his hand to my brest
But was dash'd with A ha ha ha ha.

I knew 'twas his passion that caus'd all his fear;
And therefore I pity'd his Case:
I whisper'd him softly, there's no body here
And laid my Cheek close to his Face:
But as he grew bolder and bolder,
A Shepheard came by us and saw;
And just as our bliss we began with a Kiss,
He laugh'd out with A ha ha ha ha.





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