Poems, &c. written upon several occasions, and to several persons by Edmond Waller.
Waller, Edmund, 1606-1687.
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The Story of Phoebus and Daphne applied.
THirsis a Youth of the inspired Train,
Fair Sacharissa lov'd, but lov'd in vain:
Like Phoebus sung the no less amorous Boy;
Like Daphne she as lovely and as Coy:
With numbers he the flying Nymph pursues,
With numbers such as Phoebus self might use.
Such is the chase, when Love and Fancy leads,
O're craggy Mountains, and through floury Meads;
Page 38 Invok'd to testifie the Lover's care,
Or form some Image of his cruel fair:
Urg'd with his fury like a wounded Deer,
O're these he fled, and now approaching near,
Had reach't the Nymph with his harmonious lay,
Whom all his charms could not incline to stay;
Yet what he sung in his immortal strain,
Though unsuccessful, was not sung in vain:
All but the Nymph, that should redress his wrong,
Attend his passion, and approve his Song.
Like Phoebus thus, acquiring unsought praise,
He catcht at Love, and fill'd his Arm with Bays.