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Later English Poets,
WITH PRELIMINARY NOTICES;
BY ROBERT SOUTHEY.
IN THREE VOLUMES.
PRINTED FOR LONGMAN, HURST, REES, AND ORME,
Ravensworth, Yorkshire. 1738–1771.
The Monodies of this writer upon his Wife and Child are well known. What other misfortunes he suffered besides
their deaths, were occasioned by his own follies and vices. His first poem was published under the name of W. Sey
An Evening Address to a Nightingale voor Sweet bird! that kindly perching near;
Pourest thy plaints melodious in minë ear, Not, like base worldlings, tutor'd to forego The melancholy haunts of woe,
Thanks for thy sorrow-soothing strain :For surely, thou hast known to prove, Like me, the pangs of hapless love,
Else why so feelingly complain, And with thy piteous notes thus sadden all the grove? Say, dost thou mourn thy ravish'd mate, That oft enamour'd on thy strains has hung?