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1 FAir Tree! for thy delightful Shade
2 'Tis just that some Return be made:
3 Sure, some Return is due from me
4 To thy cool Shadows, and to thee.
5 When thou to Birds do'st Shelter give,
6 Thou Musick do'st from them receive;
7 If Travellers beneath thee stay,
8 Till Storms have worn themselves away,
9 That Time in praising thee they spend,
10 And thy protecting Pow'r commend:
11 The Shepherd here, from Scorching freed,
12 Tunes to thy dancing Leaves his Reed;
13 Whilst his lov'd Nymph, in Thanks, bestows
14 Her flow'ry Chaplets on thy Boughs.
15 Shall I then only Silent be,
16 And no Return be made by me?
17 No; let this Wish upon thee wait,
18 And still to flourish be thy Fate,
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19 To future Ages may'st thou stand
20 Untouch'd by the rash Workman's hand;
21 'Till that large Stock of Sap is spent,
22 Which gives thy Summer's Ornament;
23 'Till the fierce Winds, that vainly strive
24 To shock thy Greatness whilst alive,
25 Shall on thy lifeless Hour attend,
26 Prevent the Axe, and grace thy End;
27 Their scatter'd Strength together call,
28 And to the Clouds proclaim thy Fall;
29 Who then their Ev'ning-Dews may spare,
30 When thou no longer art their Care;
31 But shalt, like ancient Heroes, burn,
32 And some bright Hearth be made thy Urn.


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Title (in Source Edition): The TREE.
Themes: nature
Genres: thing-poem

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Winchilsea, Anne Kingsmill Finch, Countess of, 1661-1720. Miscellany poems, on several occasions: Written by the Right Honble Anne, Countess of Winchilsea. London: printed for J. B. and sold by Benj. Tooke, William Taylor, and James Round, 1713, pp. 289-290. [8],390p. ; 8⁰. (ESTC T94539; Foxon pp. 274-5; OTA K076314.000) (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian Library [Buxton 100].)

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