When Winter Soaks the fields) mi Female fcef,: '.
Too weak to struggle with tenacious clay, V

Or ford the rivulets, are blest at home,
The task of new discoveries falls on me.
At such a season, and with such a charge, . >.

Once went I forth; and found, till (hen unknown, .
A cottage, whither oft we since repair:
Tis perched upon the green-hill top, btot close
Environed with a ring of branching elms,
That overhang the thatch,. itself unseen
Peeps at the vale below; so thick beset
With foliage of such dark redundant growth
I called the low-roofed lodge tire peasant's nest.
And hidden as it is, arid far remote' -
From such unpleasing sounds, as haunt the ear,
In village or in town, the bay of curs ,: ".'
Incessant, clinking hammers, grinding wheels,
And infants clamourous whether pleased or pained,'
Oft have J| wished the peaceful cov.ert mine:
Here, I have said, at least 1 should possess: .' .A
The poet's treasure,.sfcteAcey an& indulge - > s c
The dreams of fancy, tranquil and secure.
Vain thought! the dweller m'that still retreat' .
fisarly obtains the refuge it afford?. :v>.'"

Its elevated-site! forbids the wretch-^' '. ''-' .7'
To drink sweet waters of the crystal well!
He dips his. bowl into the WeSedy ditch, .
And, heavy-laden, brings his beverage' home.
Far fetched and little; worth; ndr-^eEterrr'iifatt&, --
Dependant on the baker's punctual call;;
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To heat his creaking panniers at the door,

Angry and.sad, and his last crust consumed."

So farewell envy of the peasant's nest!

If solitude make scant the means of life,

Society for me!—thou seeming sweet,

Be still a pleasing object in my view; , • i'

My Visit still, but never mine abode,

Not distant far a length of colonnade ,,. Invites us. Monument of ancient taste, Now scorned, but worthy of a better fate. Our fathers knew the value of a screen From sultry suns r and, in their shaded walks And long protracted bowers; enjoyed at nooc The gloom and coolness of declining day. — .'?

We bear our shades about us i. self-deprived .' • .' •
Of other screen, the thin umbrella spread, ".' .'
And range an Indian waste without a tree> i

Thanks to * Benevolus—he spares nae yet
These chesnuts ranged in corresponding linesr
And, though himself so polished, still reprieves^. . i
The obsolete prolixity of shade... '' '.: * \

Descending now (but cautions, lest too fast): •'"' A sudden steep, upon a rustic bridge .

We pass a gulph, in which the willows dip
Their pendent boughs, stooping as if to drink.
Hence, ancle deep in moss and flowery thyme,
We mount again, and feel at every step •i ,

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Diversified with trees of every growth}

Alike, yet various. Here the gray smooth trunks

Of ash, or lime, or beech, distinctly shine,

Within the twilight of their, distant shades;

There, lost.behind a rising ground, the wood

Sieems sunk, and shortned to its topmost boughs..; •.••

No tree in all the grove but as its charms,

Though each its hue peculiar; paler some,

And of a wannish gray; the willow such,

And poplar, that with silver hues his leak

And ash far-stretching his umbrageous arm.;

Of deeper green the elm; and deepeFstiiJ,

Lord of the woods, the .long.surviving oak.

Some glossy-leaved, and shining in the suiPy

The maple, and the beech, of oily. nuts.

Prolific, and the lime at dewy eve . . ;:.'i'..

Diffusing odours: nor unnoted pass

The sycamore, capricious in, attire,.

Now green, now tawny, and, ere autumn yet .

Have changed the woods, in scarlet honours bright

Over these, but far beyond, (a spacious map

Of hill and.valley interposed between),; .,,;.

The Ouse, dividipg,the.\(ke)l-watered:lau,d|r,

Now glitters it) the sup, apd,no>v.retires>, ,

As bashful, yet impatient to be seen. . ... 3. • ., .

Hence the, decliyi.ty is sharp and shoiifc Anff such the re-ascenjt; bet ween., th^m.. weep*. A little naiad her irmpoyeifisbed urn Al^ summer long, whjch ^infer fiys.agsiOp. ......

The folded gates would bar, toy progress now,
But that the * Lord of this enclosed demesne,
Communicative of the good he owns,
Admits me to a share; the guiltless eye
Commits no wrong, nor wastes what it enjoys.
Refreshing change? where now the blazing sua.i. .
By short transition we have lost his glare,
And stepped at once into a cooler clime.
Ye fallen avenues! once more I mourn
Your fate unmerited, once more rejoice
That yet a remnant of your race survives.
How airy and"how light the graceful arch,. , ,
Yet awful as the consecrated roof
Ke-echoing pious anthems t while beneath • ; i
The chequered earth seems restless as a flood <

Brushed by the wind- So sportive is the light.; ..,
Shot through the boughs, it dances as they dancer.
Shadow and sunshine intermingling quick, . .• .;
And darkening and enlightening, as the leaver i.,;.
Play wanton, every moment, every spot.

And now, with nerves new-braced and spirits. cheered, ■

"We tread the wilderness, whose well-rolled walks* .
With curvature of slow and easy sweep—.,'.'
Deception innocent—give ample space
To narrow bounds; The grove receives us nexty;
Between the tipright shafts of whose Jail elms .
We may discern the thresher ait his task. • \ / ;' £
Thump after thump resounds the constant flail,

* See the foregoing 'note*

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