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When Winter Soaks the fields) mi Female fcef,: '.
Or ford the rivulets, are blest at home,
Once went I forth; and found, till (hen unknown, .
Its elevated-site! forbids the wretch-^' '. ''-' .7'
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 .' • .' •
Thanks to * Benevolus—he spares nae yet
Descending now (but cautions, lest too fast): •'"' A sudden steep, upon a rustic bridge . •
We pass a gulph, in which the willows dip
• Join Couitnay Throckmorton, Es$. ofWwton Underwood.
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,
Brushed by the wind- So sportive is the light.; ..,
And now, with nerves new-braced and spirits. cheered, ■
"We tread the wilderness, whose well-rolled walks* .
* See the foregoing 'note*