Dost ask me, why I send thee here,
This firstling of the infant year?
Dost ask me, what this primrose shews,
Bepearled thus with morning dews?
I must whisper to thy ears,
The sweets of love are wash'd with tears.
This lovely native of the dale
Thou seest, how languid, pensive, pale:
Thou seest this bending stalk so weak,
That each way yielding doth not break?
I must tell thee, these reveal,
The doubts and fears that lovers feel.