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1 OF Adverse Fortune gentle Shenstone 'plain'd,
2 The liberal soul, the taste that Nature gave;
3 In narrow bounds her partial hand restrain'd,
4 But pour'd profusion on the titled slave:
5 Like his my lot, alike by me disdain'd
6 The pomp of courts, one only boon I crave,
7 O'er my fields fair as those Elysian feign'd,
8 To bid the green walk wind, the green wood wave;
9 On the high hill to raise the higher tower,
10 To ope wide prospects over distant plains,
11 Where by broad rivers, towns, and villa's rise;
12 Taste prompts the wish, but Fortune bounds the power,
13 Yet while Health chears, and Competence sustains,
14 These more than all Contentment bids me prize.


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Title (in Source Edition): SONNET.
Author: John Scott
Themes: happiness; contentment; fate; fortune; providence
Genres: sonnet; Italian (Petrarchan) sonnet
References: DMI 32645

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Pearch, G. A collection of poems in four volumes. By several hands. Vol. IV. [The second edition]. London: printed for G. Pearch, 1770, p. 128. 4v. ; 8⁰. (ESTC T116245; DMI 1137; OTA K093079.004) (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian Library [(OC) 280 o.791].)

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