Farewell Thou Stream

Air—"Nansie's to the greenwood gane."

     Farewell, thou stream that winding flows
     Around Eliza's dwelling;
     O mem'ry! spare the cruel thoes
     Within my bosom swelling.
     Condemn'd to drag a hopeless chain
     And yet in secret languish;
     To feel a fire in every vein,
     Nor dare disclose my anguish.

     Love's veriest wretch, unseen, unknown,
     I fain my griefs would cover;
     The bursting sigh, th' unweeting groan,
     Betray the hapless lover.
     I know thou doom'st me to despair,
     Nor wilt, nor canst relieve me;
     But, O Eliza, hear one prayer—
     For pity's sake forgive me!

     The music of thy voice I heard,
     Nor wist while it enslav'd me;
     I saw thine eyes, yet nothing fear'd,
     Till fears no more had sav'd me:
     Th' unwary sailor thus, aghast
     The wheeling torrent viewing,
     'Mid circling horrors sinks at last,
     In overwhelming ruin.