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CHARACTERS: ELIZABETH RIGBY, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Celia, the queen of sports and sudden smiles
Last Line: Which pity softens and which friendship warms.
Alternate Author Name(s): Aikin, Anna Letitia


Celia, the queen of sports and sudden smiles,
Gay rising hopes, and love creating wiles,
Celia, in beautys native treasures bright
Stands like the laughing year and breathes delight.
Bloom on her cheek and pleasure in her eye
Sorrow and care are chear'd when she is by;
Her careless eyes with quick unsettled glance
At random shoot their fires and wound by chance;
While she regardless mocks her lover's pain
And checks his forward hopes with gay disdain.
Rash maid beware! vindictive Love has power,
His bow stands bent, and waits the destin'd hour;
Some sprightly youth, more happy than the rest
Shall win the fort of thy unconquered breast,
Then shall thy frolick air be dash'd with sighs
And a new softness steal into thy eyes,
How can that heart be free from love's alarms
Which pity softens and which friendship warms.





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