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COLLECTION

OF

Ρ Ο Ε Μ S

IN SIX VOLUMES.

BY

SEVERAL HANDS.

LONDON: Printed by J. HUGHS,
For J. DODSLEY, in PALL-MALL

MDCCLXVI.

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RURAL ELEGANCE:

An ODE to the late Duchess of Somerset.

Written 1750.

By WILLIAM SHENSTONE, Efg;

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I.
HILE orient skies restore the day,

And dew-drops catch the lucid ray;
Amid the sprightly scenes of morn,

Will aught the Muse inspire ?
Oh! peace to yonder clamorous horn

That drowns the sacred lyre !
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II.
Ye rural thanes that o'er the mosly down

Some panting, timorous hare pursue ;
Does Nature mean your joys alone to crown?

Say, does the smoothe her lawns for you?
For you does Echo bid the rocks reply,
And urg'd by rude constraint resound the jovial cry?

WI.
See from the neighbouring hill, forlorn

The wretched fwain your sport survey
He finds his faithful fences torn,

He finds his labour'd crops a prey;
He fees his flock

no more in circles feed ; Haply beneath your ravage bleed, And with no random curses loads the deed.

IV.
Nor yet, ye fwains, conclude
That Nature smiles for

you

alone ; Your bounded souls, and your conceptions crude,

The proud, the selfish boast disown:
Yours be the produce of the soil ;
O may it still reward your toil!

Nor ever the defenceless train
Of clinging infants, ask support in vain !

v.
But though the various harvest gild your plains,

Does the mere landscape feast your eye?
Or the warm hope of diftant gains
Far other cause of glee supply?

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