— tale iter omne cave.
PROPERT. lib. iv. eleg. 8.
I pray you, let us roam no more
Along that wild and lonely shore,
Where late we thoughtless strayed;
’Twas not for us, whom heaven intends
To be no more than simple friends,
Such lonely walks were made.
That little Bay, where turning in
From ocean’s rude and angry din,
As lovers steal to bliss,
The billows kiss the shore, and then
Flow back into the deep again,
As though they did not kiss.
Remember, o’er its circling flood
In what a dangerous dream we stood—
The silent sea before us,
Around us, all the gloom of grove,
That ever lent its shade to love,
No eye but heaven’s o’er us!
I saw you blush, you felt me tremble,
In vain would formal art dissemble
All we then looked and thought;
’Twas more than tongue could dare reveal,
’Twas every thing that young hearts feel,
By Love and Nature taught.
I stopped to cull, with faltering hand,
A shell that, on the golden sand,
Before us faintly gleamed;
I trembling raised it, and when you
Had kist the shell, I kist it too—
How sweet, how wrong it seemed!
Oh, trust me, ’twas a place, an hour,
The worst that e’er the tempter’s power
Could tangle me or you in;
Sweet Nea, let us roam no more
Along that wild and lonely shore.
Such walks may be our ruin.