1781
ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

The Despairing Swain. A Pastoral.

London Magazine 50 (Appendix, 1781) 624.

Anonymous


A neatly distilled pastoral ballad in four anapestic quatrains, not signed.



Ye shepherds that dwell on the plains
Attend to a swain in despair,
Attend to my mournful love strains,
Fair Phyllis is false, I declare.

No longer she hears my love tale,
Nor lists to my pastoral song,
She dances with Will of the dale,
How sweetly she trips it along!

Reclin'd on the banks of a stream,
Our flocks feeding carelessly by,
With Phyllis, when love was the theme,
How chearful and happy was I.

No more will I join the gay throng,
That merrily dance on the plain,
Adieu! my lov'd pastoral song,
Of Phyllis I'll never complain.

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