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AN INSCRIPTION WRITTEN AT A FAVOURITE RETIREMENT IN MAY MDCCLVIII.

1 WHAT tho' nor glittering turret rise,
2 Nor Splendor gild these mild retreats?
3 Yet Nature here, in modest guise,
4 Displays her unambitious sweets:
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5 Along each gentle swelling lawn
6 She strays, with rustic garlands crown'd;
7 And wakes the flowers at early dawn,
8 To fling their bosom'd fragrance round.
9 Here teach thy votary, blameless guide,
10 To trace thy step serene and free;
11 To shun the toilsome heights of Pride,
12 Thro' these calm scenes to follow thee.
13 His silent walk do thou adorn,
14 O'er these green slopes, from tumult far;
15 Whether he greet the blushing morn,
16 Or welcome up you evening star:
17 Intent, while thro' these tufted bowers
18 Thy generous whispers charm his ear,
19 To hail from heaven thy kindred powers,
20 And meet fair Peace and Freedom here.
21 Yet prompt to stay his country's fall,
22 The stormy city's war he'll join,
23 When thou, and Truth, and Freedom call:
24 For Freedom's voice, and Truth's, are thine.

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Title (in Source Edition): AN INSCRIPTION WRITTEN AT A FAVOURITE RETIREMENT IN MAY MDCCLVIII.
Author: John Brown
Themes: retirement
Genres: inscription
References: DMI 32500

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A collection of poems in four volumes. By several hands. Vol. II. [The second edition]. London: printed for G. Pearch, 1770, pp. 115-116. 4v. ; 8⁰. (ESTC T116245; DMI 1135; OTA K093079.002)

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