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ADVICE TO A SHEPHERD.

1 SHepherd! seek not wealth nor power,
2 Let the verdant woodbine bower,
3 And the hills, and vales, and trees,
4 And the lonely cottage please.
5 Can the gaudy gilded room
6 Vie with fields in vernal bloom?
7 Or Italian airs excel
8 Plaintive tuneful Philomel?
9 Can the futile arts of dress
10 Grace thy modest Shepherdess?
11 Happier in her humble sphere,
12 Than the daughters of the peer.
13 'Midst the city's tempting glare
14 Dwell Disease, and Strife, and Care:
15 Quit not then the farm or fold,
16 Nor exchange thy Peace for Gold.

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    Title (in Source Edition): ADVICE TO A SHEPHERD.
    Themes: happiness; contentment
    Genres: advice
    References: DMI 32650

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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, p. 133. 4v. ; 8⁰. (ESTC T116245; DMI 1137; OTA K093079.004) (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian [(OC) 280 o.791].)

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