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LONDON: Printed by J. HUGHS,
Por J. DODSLEY, in PALL-M A L Le

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I RURAL ELEGANCE: An ODE to the late Duchess of Somerset.

Written 1750.

By WILLIAM SHENSTONE, Esq;

: I.
W H ILE orient skies restore the day,

W And dew-drops catch the lucid ray;
Amid the sprightly scenes of morn,

Will aught the Muse inspire ?
Oh! peace to yonder clamorous horn

That drowns the sacred lyre !
Vol. V.

JI. Y

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II.
Ye rural thanks that o'er the mosfy down

Some panting, timorous hare pursue ; ;
Does Nature mean your joys alone to crown?

Say, does the smoothe her lawns for you?
For you does Echo bid the rocks reply,
And urg'd by rude conftraint resound the jovial cry?

. DUI.
See from the neighbouring hill, forlorn :

The wretched fwain your sport survey;
He finds his faithful fences torn, ii

He finds his labour'd crops a prey;
He fees his flock - no more in circles feed;

Haply beneath your ravage bleed,
And with no random curses loads the deed.

IV.
Nor yet, ye fwains, conclude

That Nature smiles for you alone ;
Your bounded souls, and your conceptions crude,

The proud, the selfish boast disown:
Yours be the produce of the soil ;
O may it still reward your toil!

Nor ever the defenceless train
Of clinging infants, ask fupport in vain !

V.
But though the various harveft gild your plains,

Does the mère landscape feast your eye?
Or the warm hope of diftant gains

Far other cause of glee supply ?

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