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An INSCRIPTION.

Quercus loquitur. O YE!

1 WHO by retirement to these sacred groves
2 Impregnate fancy, and on thought divine
3 Build harmony If sudden glow your breast
4 With inspiration, and the rapt'rous song
5 Bursts from a mind unconscious whence it sprang:
6 Know that the sisters of these hallow'd haunts,
7 Dryad or Hamadryad, tho' no more
8 From Jove to man prophetick truths they sing;
9 Are still attendant on the lonely bard,
10 Who step by step these silent woods among
11 Wanders contemplative, lifting the soul
12 From lower cares, by every whisp'ring breeze
13 Tun'd the poetick mood; and fill the mind
14 With truths oracular, themselves of old
15 Deign'd utter from the Dodonean shrine.

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    Title (in Source Edition): An INSCRIPTION. Quercus loquitur. O YE!
    Themes: imagination; poetry; literature; writing; nature
    Genres: blank verse; inscription
    References: DMI 22762

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    A Collection of Poems in Six Volumes. By Several Hands. Vol. III. London: printed by J. Hughs, for R. and J. Dodsley, 1763 [1st ed. 1758], p. 208. 6v.: music; 8⁰. (ESTC T131163; OTA K104099.003)

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