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INSCRIPTION ON A SUMMER-HOUSE BELONGING TO GILBERT WEST, ESQ. AT WICKHAM, IN KENT.

1 NOT wrapt in smoky London's sulphurous clouds,
2 And not far distant, stands my rural cot:
3 Neither obnoxious to intruding crowds,
4 Nor for the good and friendly too remote.
5 And when too much repose brings on the spleen,
6 Or the gay city's idle pleasure's cloy;
7 Swift as my changing wish I shift the scene,
8 And now the country, now the town enjoy.

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Title (in Source Edition): INSCRIPTION ON A SUMMER-HOUSE BELONGING TO GILBERT WEST, ESQ. AT WICKHAM, IN KENT.
Author: Gilbert West
Themes: rural life; city
Genres: heroic quatrain; inscription; imitation; translation; paraphrase
References: DMI 30582

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A collection of poems in four volumes. By several hands. Vol. I. [The second edition]. London: printed for G. Pearch, 1770, p. 71. 4v. ; 8⁰. (ESTC T116245; DMI 1122; OTA K093079.001)

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