[Silvia] Pretty Nymph! within this Shade,
Whilst the Flocks to rest are laid,
Whilst the World dissolves in Heat,
Take this cool, and flow’ry Seat:
And with pleasing Talk awhile
Let us two the Time beguile;
Tho’ thou here no Shepherd see,
To encline his humble Knee,
Or with melancholy Lays
Sing thy dangerous Beauty’s Praise.
[Dorinda] Nymph! with thee I here wou’d stay,
But have heard, that on this Day,
Near those Beeches, scarce in view,
All the Swains some Mirth pursue:
To whose meeting now I haste.
Solitude do’s Life but waste.
[Silvia] Prithee, but a Moment stay.
[Dorinda] No! my Chaplet wou’d decay;
Ev’ry drooping Flow’r wou’d mourn,
And wrong the Face, they shou’d adorn.
[Silvia] I can tell thee, tho’ so Fair,
And dress’d with all that rural Care,
the admiring Swains
Will be absent from the Plains.
Gay Sylvander in the Dance
Meeting with a shrew’d Mischance,
To his Cabin’s now confin’d
By Mopsus, who the Strain did bind:
Damon through the Woods do’s stray,
Where his Kids have lost their way:
Young Narcissus iv’ry Brow
Rac’d by a malicious Bough,
Keeps the girlish Boy from sight,
Till Time shall do his Beauty right.
[Dorinda] Where’s Alexis?
[Silvia] – He, alas!
Lies extended on the Grass;
Tears his Garland, raves, despairs,
Mirth and Harmony forswears;
Since he was this Morning shown,
That Delia must not be his Own.
[Dorinda] Foolish Swain! such Love to place.
[Silvia] On any but Dorinda’s Face.
[Dorinda] Hasty Nymph! I said not so.
I thy Meaning know.
Ev’ry Shepherd thou wou’d’st have
Not thy Lover, but thy Slave;
To encrease thy captive Train,
Never to be lov’d again.
But, since all are now away,
Prithee, but a Moment stay.
[Dorinda] No; the Strangers, from the Vale,
Sure will not this Meeting fail;
Graceful one, the other Fair.
He too, with the pensive Air,
Told me, ere he came this way
He was wont to look more Gay.
[Silvia] See! how Pride thy Heart inclines
To think, for Thee that Shepherd pines;
When those Words, that reach’d thy Ear,
Chloe was design’d to hear;
Chloe, who did near thee stand,
And his more speaking Looks command.
[Dorinda] Now thy Envy makes me smile.
That indeed were worth his while:
Chloe next thyself decay’d,
And no more a courted Maid.
[Silvia] Next myself! Young Nymph, forbear.
Still the Swains allow me Fair,
Tho’ not what I was that Day,
When Colon bore the Prize away;
[Dorinda] – Oh, hold! that Tale will last,
Till all the Evening Sports are past;
Till no Streak of Light is seen,
Nor Footstep prints the flow’ry Green.
What thou wert, I need not know,
What I am, must haste to show.
Only this I now discern
From the things, thou’d’st have me learn,
That Woman-kind’s peculiar Joys
From past, or present Beauties rise.