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INSCRIPTION FOR A ROOT-HOUSE.

1 FOND man! retire to this still cell,
2 And bid the busy world farewel;
3 Here seek the cherub Happiness,
4 Who loves the quiet lone recess,
5 And shuns the city's noisy scene,
6 For pleasures tranquil and serene.
7 How solemn is the oak's broad shade,
8 The naked grove seen thro' the glade,
9 The rock that high projects its steep,
10 The distant prospect of the deep!
11 Fond man! here cheerful may'st thou spend
12 Thy swift-wing'd life, nor fear thy end;
13 Stealing thro' life, as thro' the plain
14 Yon rill in murmurs seeks the main.
15 Here, when the saffron-vested dawn
16 Spreads radiance o'er the dewy lawn,
17 For hours exempt from woe and sin,
18 Thy ardent orison begin;
19 Here too at eve His praise display,
20 Who led thee thro' the finish'd day.

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Title (in Source Edition): INSCRIPTION FOR A ROOT-HOUSE.
Themes: retirement
Genres: inscription
References: DMI 32609

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A collection of poems in four volumes. By several hands. Vol. III. [The second edition]. London: printed for G. Pearch, 1770, p. 284. 4v. ; 8⁰. (ESTC T116245; DMI 1136; OTA K093079.003)

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