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First Line: Tis betsy! The joy of the plain
Last Line: With betsy the joy of the plain.
Alternate Author Name(s): Aikin, Anna Letitia
Subject(s): Love - Erotic; Shepherds & Shepherdesses; Beauty


Tis Betsy! the joy of the plain;
Shepherds, stand not thus idly to gaze;
Lay your lips to the pipe or the flute,
Tune the best of your songs to her praise.


To Betsy, the joy of the plain,
Our songs should with pleasure be shewn,
But who, that has heard the sweet maid
Will venture a note of his own?


Leave loitering ye Nymphs in the shade,
And train up your gay summer bowers!
Full handfuls of roses we'll bring,
We'll dress her all over with flowers!


Stern Winter will ravage the mead,
And these bowers shall be pleasant no more,
The roses oer-blown must soon fall,
And no season their sweetness restore,

But the sunshine that laughs on her brow
Unclouded shall ever remain;
Ease, Wit, and the Graces reside,
With Betsy the joy of the plain.

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