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A MORAL THOUGHT.

1 THRO' groves sequester'd, dark and still,
2 Low vales, and mossy cells among,
3 In silent paths the careless rill,
4 Which languid murmurs, steals along:
5 Awhile it plays with circling sweep,
6 And lingering leaves its native plains,
7 Then pours impetuous down the steep,
8 And mingles with the boundless main.
9 O let my years thus devious glide,
10 Through silent scenes obscurely calm,
11 Nor wealth nor strife pollute the tide,
12 Nor honour's sanguinary palm.
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13 When labour tires, and pleasure palls,
14 Still let the stream untroubled be,
15 As down the steep of age it falls,
16 And mingles with eternity.

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    Title (in Source Edition): A MORAL THOUGHT.
    Themes: death
    Genres: meditation
    References: DMI 32576

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    A collection of poems in four volumes. By several hands. Vol. III. [The second edition]. London: printed for G. Pearch, 1770, pp. 146-147. 4v. ; 8⁰. (ESTC T116245; DMI 1136; OTA K093079.003) (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian [(OC) 280 o.790].)

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