Amintas and Claudia:
Or, The Merry Shepherdess,

S [...]ig whatever he from Vertue did not draw,

She circumvented with a ha, ha, ha,
To the Tune, called, Calm was the Evening, and Clear was the Skie.
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CAlm was the Evening and clear was the Sky
when the new budding flowers do spring,
When all alone went Amintas and I,
to hear the sweet Nightingals sing;
I sate and he laid him down by me,
and scarcely his breath he could draw,
But when with a fear,
He begun to draw near,
He was dasht with a ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha,
ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha.
He blusht to himself, and lay still for a while
and his modesty curb'd his desire,
But strait I convinc'd all his fears with a smile
and added new flames to his fire:
Ah Silvia said he thou art cruel,
to keep thy poor lover in awe,
And once more he prest,
His hands to my breast,
But was dasht with a, &c.
I know 'twas his passion which caused all his fear
and therefore I pittied his case,
I whispered him softly, there was no body near,
and I laid my cheek close to his face;
But as he grew bolder and bolder,
a Shepherd came by us and saw,
And just as our bliss.
Began with a kiss.
He burst out, &c.
Come my own dear, Iets retire a while,
and hasten us down to the Grove,
Wherein some shade:
That nature hath made,
We'l make a rehearsal of love,
And when with love tales we a [...]e tired,
and occasion does bid us withdraw,
We then from our seat,
Will make a retreat,
And laugh out, &c.
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I Having consented, away we did go,
and found out the thick of the Wood;
But when we came there,
I began for to fear,
His meaning portended no good:
My beauty likewise he would oftentimes praise
for the rarest that ever he saw,
And there he would skip,
From my hand to my lip.
but was dasht with a ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha,
ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha,
Somtimes he wou'd sigh, and somtimes he wou'd weep
and pray me to pitty his case;
But I found out by that
What he would be at,
His meaning I read in his face;
I bid him desist and give over his suit,
For I told him my VVill was a law,
And if he were pleas'd
To have his pain eas'd.
He must laugh. &c.
You know said Amintas how long I have lov'd,
and ever restrain my desire,
And now with your scorn,
VVhich cannot be born,
You seek to extinguish my fire;
My vertue will justifie all that I do,
to keep you at distance and awe:
And your loose desire,
VVill sooner expire,
Then mirth, &c.
He sat like a Mute, and was still for a while,
consulting what answer to make,
VVhen all in hast,
He imbraced my VVast,
And no more my denyals would take.
He vow'd though my heart it were frozen,
his indeavor he'd use, it to thaw;
If the heat of your blood,
Cou'd do any good.
Which made, &c.
I found that his passion began to Rebel,
and Reason no more could prevail,
Thought I to my self,
I am now on a shelf.
And know not which way for to sail;
But if by my Policy I can get off,
and my honor preserve without flaw,
Ile ingage me no more,
On such dangerous shore,
But at home, &c.
I used some perswasions that Evening was ni [...],
for the Sun it began to decline,
And fearing some Swain,
Of the Neighboring plain,
Might come for to water his Kine;
I pray's him return and walk softly along,
when 'twas dark i'd submit to his law,
VVhere in my own Bower,
For the space of an hour
He shou'd kiss, &c.
His thoughts being transported with joy, he con­ceiv'd,
ne're fear'd, but my promise i'd keep
But instead of a Wench,
He found such a Trench.
As charm'd all his sences a sleep:
The vertue whereof through his vitals disperst
and his faculties purer did draw;
And when I had done,
Away I did run,
And laught out with a ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha,
ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha.

London, Printed for VV. Thackeray, T. Passenger, and VV. VVhitwood.

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