See in each sprite some various bent appear !
These rudely carol most incondite lay ;
Those faunt'ring on the green, with jocund leer
Salute the stranger passing on his way;
Some builden fragile tenements of clay;
Some to the standing lake their courses bend,
With pebbles smooth at duck and drake to play ;
Thilk to the huxter's fav'ry cottage tend,
In pastry kings and queens th' allotted mite to spend,
Here, as each season yields a different store,
Each season's stores in order ranged been ;
Apples with cabbage-net y-cover'd o’er,
Galling full sore th' unmoney'd wight, are seen ;
And goose-b’rie clad in liv'ry red or green;
And here of lovely dye, the cath’rine pear,
Fine pear ! as lovely for thy juice, I ween :
O may no wight e’er pennyless come there,
Lest smit with ardent love he pine with hopeless care !
See! cherries here, ere chersies yet abound,
With thread so white in tempting posies ty’d,
Scạtt'ring like blooming maid their glances round,
With pamper'd look draw little eyes aside ;
And must be bought, tho' penury betide.
The plumb all azure and the nut all brown,
And here each season, do those cakes abide,
Whose honour'd names th' inventive city own, Rend'ring thro’ Britain's ise Salopia’s praises known.
Admii'd * SHRSBURY cakes,