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1 DEAR, social bird, that oft with fearless love
2 Giv'st thy soft form to man's protective care,
3 Pleas'd, when rude tempests vex the ruffled air,
4 For the warm roof to leave the naked grove.
5 Kindest, and last of Summer's tuneful train,
6 Ah! do not yet give o'er thy plaintive lay,
7 But charm mild Zephyr to a longer stay,
8 And oft renew thy sweetly-parting strain.
9 So when rough Winter frowns with brow severe,
10 And chilling blasts shall strip the sheltering trees;
11 When meagre Want that shivering frame shall seize,
12 And Death, with dart uplifted, hover near;
13 My grateful hand the liberal crumbs shall give,
14 My bosom warm thee, and my kiss revive.


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Title (in Source Edition): SONNET TO A ROBIN-RED-BREAST.
Themes: animals
Genres: sonnet
References: DMI 26899

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Pearch, G. A collection of poems in four volumes. By several hands. Vol. III. [The second edition]. London: printed for G. Pearch, 1770, p. 275. 4v. ; 8⁰. (ESTC T116245; DMI 1136; OTA K093079.003) (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian Library [(OC) 280 o.790].)

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