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Written at a Ferme Ornee near Birmingham; August 7th, 1749.

1 'TIS Nature here bids pleasing scenes arise,
2 And wisely gives them Cynthio, to revise:
3 To veil each blemish; brighten every grace;
4 Yet still preserve the lovely Parent's face.
5 How well the bard obeys, each valley tells;
6 These lucid streams, gay meads, and lonely cells;
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7 Where modest art in silence lurks conceal'd:
8 While Nature shines, so gracefully reveal'd,
9 That she triumphant claims the total plan;
10 And, with fresh pride, adopts the work of man.

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    Title (in Source Edition): Written at a Ferme Ornee near Birmingham; August 7th, 1749.
    Themes: art; painting; nature
    Genres: heroic couplet
    References: DMI 26692

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    A Collection of Poems in Six Volumes. By Several Hands. Vol. IV. London: printed by J. Hughs, for R. and J. Dodsley, 1763 [1st ed. 1758], pp. 310-311. 6v.: music; 8⁰. (ESTC T131163; OTA K104099.004)

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