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Written at an INN on a particular Occasion.

1 TO thee, fair Freedom! I retire,
2 From flattery, feasting, dice, and din;
3 Nor art thou found in domes much higher
4 Than the low cot, or humble inn.
5 'Tis here with boundless power I reign,
6 And every health which I begin,
7 Converts dull port to bright champain;
8 For Freedom crowns it at an inn.
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9 I fly from pomp, I fly from plate,
10 I fly from Falshood's specious grin;
11 Freedom I love, and form I hate,
12 And chuse my lodgings at an inn.
13 Here, waiter! take my sordid ore,
14 Which Iacqueys else might hope to win;
15 It buys what courts have not in store,
16 It buys me Freedom, at an inn.
17 And now once more I shape my way
18 Thro' rain or shine, thro' thick or thin,
19 Secure to meet, at close of day,
20 With kind reception at an inn.
21 Whoe'er has travell'd life's dull round,
22 Where'er his various tour has been,
23 May sigh to think how oft he found
24 His warmest welcome at an inn.


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    Title (in Source Edition): Written at an INN on a particular Occasion.
    Themes: travel
    References: DMI 27242

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    A Collection of Poems in Six Volumes. By Several Hands. Vol. V. London: printed by J. Hughs, for R. and J. Dodsley, 1763 [1st ed. 1758], pp. 51-52. 6v.: music; 8⁰. (ESTC T131163; OTA K104099.005)

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