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FAREWELL STANZAS ON LEAVING COOKHAM
* Cookham and Taplow were at that time inhabited by a number of such families as few neighbourhoods could then, can now, boast; many gentlemen of great learning, many ladies, mothers and daughters, with highly-cultivated minds, by which is not meant that they had a smattering of Latin or Greek. With these Mr. B.'s family lived in great intimacy.
, IN THE SPRING OF THE YEAR, 1781,

WHEN MR. B. WAS NOT QUITE EIGHTEEN YEARS OLD, TWO YEARS AFTER HE LEFT ETON-SCHOOL.

TO MRS. MALTHUS.

1 YE nymphs and swains, so innocently gay,
2 Who dwell where Thames rolls on his silver way;
3 Where'er in Cookham's lov'd retreats you stray,
4 To you a wand'rer gives his parting lay;
5 Nor will he e'er forget those blissful days,
6 Where on your banks he tun'd his artless lays;
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7 To you his Muse this parting tribute pays,
8 And sings, but sings unbrib'd, your modest praise.
9 But now a long farewell, ye nymphs, ye swains;
10 With you no more I tread the verdant plains,
11 No more with you I share my joys, my pains,
12 Nor shall you hear again my plaintive strains:
13 But ere, lov'd Thames, thy flow'ry banks I leave,
14 Where oft I've hail'd th' approach of sober eve,
15 Do thou, whilst Fate permits a short reprieve
* Dr. Berkeley put off his journey to the university of St. Andrew, whither he accompanied his son, from February, when he meant to have set out, until April.
,
16 Do thou, dear Thames
The pleasure-grounds at Dr. B.'s house at Cookham go quite down to the Thames.
, this parting wish receive;
17 "O! ever gently flow, thou hallow'd stream!
18 O! may thy waves be still the Muse's theme!
19 When on thy banks pale Cynthia sheds her beam,
20 " O! there may Fancy gild the Poet's dream!

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Title (in Source Edition): FAREWELL STANZAS ON LEAVING COOKHAM, IN THE SPRING OF THE YEAR, 1781, WHEN MR. B. WAS NOT QUITE EIGHTEEN YEARS OLD, TWO YEARS AFTER HE LEFT ETON-SCHOOL.
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Poems: by the late George-Monck Berkeley, Esq. ... With a preface by the editor, consisting of some anecdotes of Mr. Monck Berkeley and several of his friends. London: printed by J. Nichols; and sold by Messrs. Leigh and Sotheby; Mr. Edwards; Mr. Cooke, Oxford; Mr. Todd, York; Messrs. Simmons and Co.; Messrs. Flackton, Marrable, and Claris; and Mr. Bristow, Canterbury, 1797, pp. 71-72. viii,DCXXXII,212p.,plate: port.; 4⁰. (ESTC T142950; OTA K111746.000)

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