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THE SHRUBBERY, Written in a Time of Affliction.

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1 OH happy shades! to me unblest,
2 Friendly to peace, but not to me,
3 How ill the scene that offers rest,
4 And heart that cannot rest, agree!
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5 This glassy stream, that spreading pine,
6 Those alders quiv'ring to the breeze,
7 Might sooth a soul less hurt than mine,
8 And please, if any thing could please.
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9 But fixt unalterable care
10 Foregoes not what she feels within,
11 Shows the same sadness ev'ry where,
12 And slights the season and the scene.
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13 For all that pleas'd in wood or lawn,
14 While peace possess'd these silent bow'rs,
15 Her animating smile withdrawn,
16 Has lost its beauties and its pow'rs.
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17 The saint or moralist should tread
18 This moss-grown alley, musing slow,
19 They seek like me the secret shade,
20 But not like me, to nourish woe.
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21 Me fruitful scenes and prospects waste,
22 Alike admonish not to roam,
23 These tell me of enjoyments past,
24 And those of sorrows yet to come.

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Title (in Source Edition): THE SHRUBBERY, Written in a Time of Affliction.
Themes: sadness; nature
Genres: occasional poem

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Poems: by William Cowper, of the Inner Temple, Esq. London: printed for J. Johnson, 1782, pp. 344-345. [4],367,[1]p. ; 8⁰. (ESTC T14895; OTA K027775.000)

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