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CANT AT A.

Set by Mr. GALLIA R D.

WHILE on your blooming charms I gaze,
Your tender lips, your foft enchanting eyes,
And all the Venus in your face,

I'm fill'd with pleasure and furprize :
But, cruel goddefs! when I find
Diana's coldness in your mind,

How can I bear that fix'd difdain ?
My pleasure dies, and I but live in pain.

AIR.

Tyrant Cupid! when, relenting,
Will you touch the charmer's heart?
Sooth her breast to foft confenting,
Or remove from mine the dart!
Tyrant Cupid! when, relenting,
Will you touch the charmer's heart?

RECITATIVE.

But fee! while to my paffion voice I give,
Th' applauded beauty, doubly bright,
Seems in the moving tale to take delight,
And looks, as the would let me live;

And yet the chides, but with fo fweet an air,

That while the Love denies, the yet forbids Despair.

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AIR.

Fear not, doubting fair! t'approve me;
Can you love me?

Frown not, if you anfwer no ;

If you aniwer, frown not, no.
When again I ask, pursuing,
If you'll stay and see my ruin?
Fly-but let me with you go!

Blush not, doubting fair, t' approve me ;

Can you love me? Smile, and every fear forego!

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E generous Arts and Muses, join;

While down your cheeks the ftreaming forrows flow, Let murmuring ftrings with the foft voice combine T'exprefs the melody of woe.

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And thou, Augusta! rise and wait

With decent honours on the great; Condole my lofs, and weep Devonia's fate.

AIR. [with flutes.]

Queen of cities! leave a while
Thy beauteous finile,

Turn to tender grief thy joy.
From thy fhore of Thames replying,
Gentleft echoes fainting, dying,
Shall their forrow too employ.
Queen of cities! leave awhile

Thy beauteous fmile,
Turn to tender grief thy joy.

AUGUSTA.

RECITATIVE.

'Tis fame's chief immortality,
Britannia, to be mourn'd by thee.
I know the lofs; from midnight skies
Ill omens late did strike my eyes ;`
Near the radiant northern car
I look'd, and faw a falling ftar.

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AIR.

Lands remote the lofs will hear;
From rocks reporting,
Seas tranfporting,

Will the wafted for row bear.

Winds that fly,

Will foftly figh,

A star has left the British sphere.

Lands remote, &c.

BRITANNIA.

RECITATIVE.

Great George! whofe azure emblems of renown
Are the fair gifts of Britain's crown,

Patron of my illuftrious ifle!

Thou faw'ft thy order late exprest

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With added brightness on Devonia's breast;
Meet the companion knight, and own him with a smile.

DUETTO FOR BRITANNIA

AND AUGUSTA.

BRIT. To fhade his peaceful grave,
Let growing palms extend!

AUG. To grace his peaceful grave,
Let hovering Loves attend!

To fhade, &c

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To grace, &c.

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