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Poem by Henry James Pye


Song (Let no Shepherd sing to me)


Let no Shepherd sing to me
The stupid praise of Constancy,
Nature bids her subjects range,
All creation's full of change.
See the varying hours display
Morning, Evening, Night, and Day,
See the circling seasons bring
Summer, Winter, Autumn, Spring.
Shall the river's current full
Idly sleep a stagnate pool,
Shall the pedant's mandate bind
The rapid wave, the fleeting wind.   
Thus I sung when Chloe's eyes
Made my vanquish'd heart their prize,
Where's my passion now to range,
Love of Freedom, love of Change.
Still my breast retains it's views,
Still variety pursues,
Happy in one Nymph to find
Every charm of Womankind.



Henry James Pye


Henry James Pye's other poems:
  1. The Parsonage Improved
  2. Elegy 3
  3. Aerophorion
  4. Elegy 7
  5. Written in the Year 1779, When the Combined Fleets Were off Plymouth


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