1767
ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

A Ballad.

Gazetteer and New Daily Advertiser (28 August 1767).

Anonymous


An unsigned pastoral ballad in three anapestic stanzas (ababcc) "Sung by Mr. Vernon, at Vauxhall-Garden." The third stanza expresses a common ballad sentiment: "'Mongst lords and fine ladies, we shepherds are told, | The dearest affections are barter'd for gold; | That discord in wedlock is often their lot, | While Cupid and Hymen shake hands in a cot."



When the sweet rosy morning first peep'd from the skies,
A loud-singing lark bid the villagers rise;
The cowslips were lively, the primroses gay,
And shed their best perfumes to welcome the May:
The swains and their sweethearts all rang'd on the green,
Did homage to Phoebe, and hail'd her their queen.

Young Damon stept forward, and sung in her praise,
And Phoebe bestow'd him a garland of bays;
"May this wreath, (said the fair one) dear lord of my vows,
A crown for true merit, bloom long on thy brows:"
The swains and their sweethearts, that danc'd on the green,
Approv'd the fond present of Phoebe their queen.

'Mongst lords and fine ladies, we shepherds are told,
The dearest affections are barter'd for gold;
That discord in wedlock is often their lot,
While Cupid and Hymen shake hands in a cot:
At the church with fair Phoebe since Damon has been,
He's rich as a monarch, she blest as a queen.

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