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Samuel Kettell, ed.  Specimens of American Poetry.  1829.
By Josias Lyndon Arnold (1768–1796)
WHILE zephyrs fan the verdant groves,
  And flowerets grace the plain,
While shepherds tell the nymphs their loves,
  And flaunt in pleasure’s train;
To yonder cottage of my fair        5
  My anxious footsteps tend;
What joy so great as viewing there
  A lover and a friend?
To her I fear not to disclose
  The feelings of my heart;        10
She bears a part in all my woes,
  In all my joys—a part.
If e’er she weeps, I kiss the tear,
  And bid her sorrows end;
If she is pleased, joy shows me near        15
  A lover and a friend.
She ’s youthful, innocent and gay,
  Of perfect mind and mien;
She quickly steals all hearts away,
  Wherever she is seen.        20
But though each shepherd’s heart she charms,
  And they before her bend,
Round me alone she throws her arms,
  A lover and a friend.

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