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The FAIR RECLUSE.

BALLAD VIII.

I.
1 YE ancient patriarchs of the wood,
2 That veil around these awful glooms,
3 Who many a century have stood
4 In verdant age, that ever blooms.
II.
5 Ye Gothic tow'rs, by vapours dense,
6 Obscur'd into severer state,
7 In pastoral magnificence
8 At once so simple and so great.
III.
9 Why all your jealous shades on me,
10 Ye hoary elders do ye spread?
11 Fair Innocence shou'd still be free,
12 Nought shou'd be chain'd, but what we dread.
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IV.
13 Say, must these tears for ever flow?
14 Can I from patience learn content,
15 While solitude still nurses woe,
16 And leaves me leisure to lament.
V.
17 My guardian see! who wards off peace,
18 Whose cruelty is his employ,
19 Who bids the tongue of transport cease,
20 And stops each avenue to joy?
VI.
21 Freedom of air alone is giv'n,
22 To aggravate, not sooth my grief,
23 To view th' immensely-distant heav'n,
24 My nearest prospect of relief.

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Title (in Source Edition): The FAIR RECLUSE. BALLAD VIII.
Themes: grief; sadness
Genres: ballad metre

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Poems on several occasions: By Christopher Smart, A. M. Fellow of Pembroke-Hall, Cambridge. London: printed for the author, by W. Strahan; and sold by J. Newbery, at the Bible and Sun, in St. Paul’s Church-Yard, MDCCLII., 1752, pp. 206-207. [16],230p.,plates; 4⁰. (ESTC T42626; OTA K041581.000)

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