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.