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SONNET.

APOLOGY FOR RETIREMENT, 1766.

1 WHY asks my Friend what chears the passing day,
2 Where these lone fields my rural home inclose;
3 That me no scenes the pompous city shows
4 Lure from that rural residence away?
5 Now thro' my laurel groves I musing stray,
6 Now breathe the gale that o'er the lilac blows,
7 Now in my grotto's solemn cells repose,
8 Or down the smooth vale wind at evening gray;
9 Now charms the lofty Poet's tuneful lay,
10 Where Music fraught with fair Instruction flows;
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11 Now Delia's converse makes the moments gay,
12 The nymph for love and innocence I chose:
13 O Friend! the man who joys like these can taste
14 On Vice and Folly needs no hour to waste.

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Title (in Source Edition): SONNET. APOLOGY FOR RETIREMENT, 1766.
Author: John Scott
Themes: retirement
Genres: sonnet
References: DMI 32644

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A collection of poems in four volumes. By several hands. Vol. IV. [The second edition]. London: printed for G. Pearch, 1770, pp. 127-128. 4v. ; 8⁰. (ESTC T116245; DMI 1137; OTA K093079.004)

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