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1 COUNT all the flow'rs that deck the meadow's side,
2 When Flora flourishes in new-born pride;
3 Count all the sparkling orbits in the sky;
4 Count all the birds that thro' the aether sly;
5 Count all the foliage of the lofty trees,
6 That fly before the bleak autumnal breeze;
7 Count all the dewy blades of verdant grass;
8 Count all the drops of rain that softly pass
9 Thro' the blue aether; or tempestuous roar;
10 Count all the sands upon the breaking shore;
11 Count all the minutes since the world began,
12 Count all the troubles of the life of man;
13 Count all the torments of the d—n'd in Hell,
14 More are the beauteous charms that makes my Nymph excell.


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Title (in Source Edition): TO MISS H—L—D. 1768.
Genres: heroic couplet; address

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Chatterton, Thomas, 1752-1770. A Supplement to the Miscellanies of Thomas Chatterton London: printed for T. Becket, in Pall-Mall; Bookseller to His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, and Their Royal Highnesses the Princes. MDCCLXXXIV., 1784, p. 17. [6],ii,88p.; 8⁰. (ESTC T48948; OTA K045459.000) (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian Library [Harding C 696 (1)].)

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