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AN INSCRIPTION WRITTEN UPON ONE OF THE
u Two seats in Ham-walks, called Tubs, from their form, which resembles an hogshead split in two.
TUBS IN HAM-WALKS, SEPTEMBER, 1760.

1 DARK was the sky with many a cloud,
2 The fearful lightnings flash'd around,
3 Low to the blast the forest bow'd,
4 And bellowing thunders rock'd the ground;
5 Fast fell the rains upon my head,
6 And weak and weary were my feet,
7 When lo! this hospitable shed
8 At length supply'd a kind retreat.
9 That in fair memory's faithful page
10 The bard's escape may flourish long,
11 Yet shuddering from the tempest's rage,
12 He dedicates the votive song.
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13 For ever sacred be the earth
14 From whence the tree its vigour drew!
15 The hour that gave the seedling birth!
16 The forest where the scyon grew!
17 Long honour'd may his ashes rest,
18 Who first the tender shoot did rear!
19 Blest be his name! But doubly blest
20 The friendly hand that plac'd it here!
21 O ne'er may war, or wind, or wave,
22 This pleasurable scene deform,
23 But time still spare the seat, which gave
24 The poet shelter from the storm!

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Title (in Source Edition): AN INSCRIPTION WRITTEN UPON ONE OF THE TUBS IN HAM-WALKS, SEPTEMBER, 1760.
Author: Samuel Whyte
Themes: nature
Genres: elegy
References: DMI 29214

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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. 261-262. 4v. ; 8⁰. (ESTC T116245; DMI 1137; OTA K093079.004)

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