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III.

On a small Building in the Gothick Taste.

1 O You that bathe in courtly blysse!
2 Or toyle in fortune's giddye spheare!
3 Doo not too rashlye deeme amysse
4 Of him, that bydes contentid here.
5 Nor yet disdeigne the russet stoale.
6 Whyche o'er each carelesse lymbe he flyngs:
7 Nor yet deryde the beechen bowle,
8 In whyche he quaffs the lympid spryngs.
9 Forgyve hym, if, at eve or dawne.
10 Devoyde of worldlye carke he stray:
11 Or, all besyde some flowerye lawne,
12 He waste his inoffensive day.
13 So man He pardonne fraud and strife,
14 If such in courtlye haunt he see:
15 For faults there beene in busye lyfe,
16 From whyche these peacefull glennes are free.

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    Title (in Source Edition): On a small Building in the Gothick Taste.
    Themes: retirement; contentment
    Genres: inscription
    References: DMI 27285

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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], p. 347. 6v.: music; 8⁰. (ESTC T131163)

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