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And, " Ah, forgive a stranger rude,
“ A wretch forlorn," she cry'd;
“Whose feet unhallow'd thus intrude
“Where heav'n and you reside.
“ But let a maid thy pity share,
" Whom love has taught to stray ;
“ Who seeks for rest, but finds despair
“ Companion of her way.
“My father liv'd beside the Tyne,
“ A wealthy lord was he; « And all his wealth was mark'd as mine;
“ He had but only me.
« To win me from his tender arms,
“ Unnumber'd suitors came;
$6 Who prais'd me for imputed charms,
“ And felt, or feign'd, a flame.
“ Each hour a mercenary crowd
“ With richest proffers strove:
“ Among the rest young Edwin bow'd,
" But never talk'd of love.
« In humble, simplest habit clad,
“ Nor wealth nor power had he;
“ Wisdom and worth were all he had,
“ But these were all to me,
« The blossom opening to the day,
“ The dews of heav'n refin'd,
“ Could nought of purity display,
« To emulate his mind.
66 The dew, the blossom on the tree,
“ With charms inconstant shine:
« Their charms were his, but, woe to me!
“ Their constancy was mine.
“ For still I try'd each fickle art,
“ Importunate and vain;
" And while his passion touch'd my heart,
“I triumph'd in his pain:
“ Till quite dejected with my scorn,
“ He left me to my pride;
“ And sought a solitude forlorn,
“ In secret, where he dy'd.
“ But mine the sorrow, mine the fault,
« And well my life shall pay; “ I'll seek the solitude he sought,
66 And stretch me where he lay.
" And there forlorn, despairing, hid,
“ I'll lay me down and die; « 'Twas so for me that Edwin did,
66 And so for him will I,"
“ Forbid it, heav'n!" the Hermit cry'd,
And clasp'd her to his breast:
The wond'ring fair-one turn’d to chide....
'Twas Edwin's self that prest!
“ Turn, Angelina, ever dear,
“ My charmer, turn to see
Thy own, thy long-lost Edwin here,
« Restor'd to love and thee.
« Thus let me hold thee to my heart,
« And every care resign." « And shall we never, never part,
“My life....my all that's mine?”
“ No, never,
from this hour to part,
« We'll live and love so true:
“ The sigh that rends thy constant heart,
“ Shall break thy Edwin's too."