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1 SWEET warbler! to whose artless song
2 Soft Music's native powers belong,
3 Here fix thy haunt; and o'er these plains
4 Still pour thy wild untutor'd strains,
5 Still hail the morn with sprightly lay,
6 And sweetly hymn the parting day:
7 But sprightlier still, and sweeter pour
8 Thy song o'er Flavia's favorite bower;
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9 There softly breathe the vary'd sound,
10 And chant thy loves, or woes around.
11 So may'st thou live securely blest,
12 And no rude storms disturb thy nest;
13 No bird-lime twig, or gin annoy,
14 Or cruel gun thy brood destroy;
15 No want of shelter may'st thou know,
16 Which Ripton's lofty shades bestow;
17 No dearth of winter berries fear,
18 But haws and hips blush half the year.


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    Title (in Source Edition): ODE to a THRUSH.
    Themes: animals; nature
    Genres: ode
    References: DMI 27780

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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. 313-314. 6v.: music; 8⁰. (ESTC T131163; OTA K104099.005)

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