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[Inscription] III.

1 WHOE'ER thou art whose path in summer lies
2 Through yonder village, turn thee where the grove
3 Of branching oaks a rural palace old
4 Imbosoms. there dwells Albert, generous lord
5 Of all the harvest round. and onward thence
6 A low plain chapel fronts the morning light
7 Fast by a silent rivilet. Humbly walk,
8 O stranger, o'er the consecrated ground;
9 And on that verdant hilloc, which thou see'st
10 Beset with osiers, let thy pious hand
11 Sprinkle fresh water from the brook and strew
12 Sweet-smelling flow'rs. for there doth Edmund rest,
13 The learned shepherd; for each rural art
14 Fam'd, and for songs harmonious, and the woes
15 Of ill-requited love. The faithless pride
16 Of fair Matilda sank him to the grave
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17 In manhood's prime. But soon did righteous heaven
18 With tears, with sharp remorse, and pining care,
19 Avenge her falshood. nor could all the gold
20 And nuptial pomp, which lur'd her plighted faith
21 From Edmund to a loftier husband's home,
22 Relieve her breaking heart, or turn aside
23 The strokes of death. Go, traveller; relate
24 The mournful story. haply some fair maid
25 May hold it in remembrance, and be taught
26 That riches cannot pay for truth or love.

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    Title (in Source Edition): [Inscription] III.
    Author: Mark Akenside
    Themes: travel; virtue; vice
    Genres: blank verse; inscription
    References: DMI 27806

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    A Collection of Poems in Six Volumes. By Several Hands. Vol. VI. London: printed by J. Hughs, for R. and J. Dodsley, 1763 [1st ed. 1758], pp. 31-32. 6v.: music; 8⁰. (ESTC T131163; OTA K104099.006) (Page images digitized by the Eighteenth-Century Poetry Archive from a copy in the archive's library.)

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