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EPITAPH ON A PEASANT.

1 THE Swain who own'd yon rural cot
2 Now lies near this sequester'd spot.
3 With his industrious faithful wife
4 He trod the path of humble life,
5 Nor knew the sorrows which await
6 The trifling revels of the great:
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7 Here village lads at evening hour
8 Shall strew the lately gather'd flower,
9 And pensive nymphs assemble here,
10 To shed a sympathetic tear.
11 O Stranger! thy sad tribute give,
12 Like Damon die, like Damon live!
13 For Virtue lasting plaudit gains,
14 When freed from these terrestrial plains.

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Title (in Source Edition): EPITAPH ON A PEASANT.
Themes: death
Genres: epitaph
References: DMI 32652

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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. 135-136. 4v. ; 8⁰. (ESTC T116245; DMI 1137)

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