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INVOCATION.

Written on a very hot day, in August 1783.

1 COOLING zephyrs haste away,
2 Round my humid temples play;
3 Groves and grots in pity leave,
4 On my fainting bosom breathe!
5 Skim, as you pass, your silken wings
6 O'er gurgling founts, and glassy springs.
7 Oh! come from Greenland's icy plains,
8 Where silver Winter constant reigns;
9 Or from the Arctic, higher fly
10 Thro' the chill Norwegian sky
11 Turn not to Gallia's sunny vales,
12 Nor mix with yours Italia's gales,
13 Strait o'er the northern ocean sweep,
14 Where pearls the frozen Naïads weep;
15 But on high Grampia's fleecy top,
16 Where kids, the gelid herbage crop,
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17 There zephyr touch! then, with new wing
18 Fresh from its chilly caverns spring.
19 Oh! linger not, midst England's fields,
20 Nor taste the sweets the garden yields;
21 Heed not our meadows' gaudy charms,
22 But dart, with vigour, to my arms!

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Title (in Source Edition): INVOCATION. Written on a very hot day, in August 1783.
Themes: weather
Genres: occasional poem

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The Poetry of Anna Matilda. London: printed by John Bell, British Library, Strand, Bookseller to His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales. M DCC LXXXVIII., 1788, pp. []-3. [8],139,[1]p.; 8⁰. (ESTC T90094; OTA K073164.000)

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