Thro’ the green budding thorns that fringe the vale
The early Nightingale’s prelusive note.
‘Tis Hope’s instinctive power that through the grove
Tells how benignant Heaven revives the earth;
‘Tis the soft voice of young and timid love
That calls these melting sounds of sweetness forth.
With transport, once, sweet bird! I hail’d thy lay,
And bade thee welcome to our shades again,
To charm the wandering poet’s pensive way
And soothe the solitary lover’s pain;
But now!–such evils in my lot combine,
As shut my languid sense–to Hope’s dear voice and thine!

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