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In a shady Valley, near a running Water.

1 O! Let me haunt this peaceful shade;
2 Nor let ambition e'er invade
3 The tenants of this leafy bow'r,
4 That shun her paths, and slight her pow'r.
5 Hither the plaintive halcyon flies
6 From social meads and open skies;
7 Pleas'd, by this rill, her course to steer,
8 And hide her saphire plumage here.
9 The trout, bedropt with crimson stains,
10 Forsakes the river's proud domains;
11 Forsakes the sun's unwelcome gleam,
12 To lurk within this humble stream.
13 And sure I heard the Naiad say,
14 "Flow, flow, my stream! this devious way;
15 "Tho' lovely soft thy murmurs are,
16 "Thy waters, lovely cool and fair!
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17 "Flow, gentle stream! nor let the vain
18 "Thy small unsully'd stores disdain:
19 "Nor let the pensive sage repine,
20 "Whose latent course resembles thine. "


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    Title (in Source Edition): In a shady Valley, near a running Water.
    Themes: retirement; nature
    Genres: inscription
    References: DMI 27284

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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. 346-347. 6v.: music; 8⁰. (ESTC T131163; OTA K104099.004)

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