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ON THE STUMP OF AN OLD TREE

1 O Moving sight! it wakes the tragic muse;
2 To scenes like this my heart is never cold:
3 Alas! poor plant, why stand'st thou here alone?
4 Is it because thou'rt leafless, bent, and old?
5 Thy branches lop'd, no more afford a shade
6 From heating rains, or Phoebus' scorching beams;
7 Nor here, reclin'd in slumbers, lies the swain,
8 And of his fancied fortune fondly dreams.
9 Thou, once the pride, the glory of the plain,
10 Round which sweet innocents did often play;
11 Thy trunk the houseless wretch has gladly fought,
12 And little songsters lodg'd on every spray:
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13 Here has the bee procur'd a snug recess,
14 Form'd by the art of no destructive hand;
15 Her toils repaid, her luxuries enjoyed,
16 And here in safety rear'd a busy band.
17 Neglected now alike by man and brute,
18 The woeful monument of many years;
19 My spirits sink I'll on thy stump recline,
20 And wash thy wither'd bark with female tears.

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    Title (in Source Edition): ON THE STUMP OF AN OLD TREE
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    Carmichael, Miss (Rebekah) (fl. 1790-1806). Poems. Edinburgh: Peter Hill, 1790, pp. 48-49. 92p. (ESTC T104666) (Page images digitized from a copy at University of California Libraries — third-party rights apply.)

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