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1 MY Guardian, bear me on thy downy Wing
2 To some cool Shade where infant Flow'rs spring;
3 Where on the Trees sweet Hony-suckles blow,
4 And ruddy Daisies paint the Ground below:
5 Where the shrill Linnet charms the solemn Shade,
6 And Zephyrs pant along the cooler Glade,
7 Or shake the Bull-rush by a River Side,
8 While the gay Sun-beams sparkle on the Tide:
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9 O for some Grot whose rustick Sides declare,
10 Ease, and not Splendor, was the Builder's Care;
11 Where Roses spread their unaffected Charms,
12 And the curl'd Vine extends her clasping Arms;
13 Where happy Silence lulls the quiet Soul,
14 And makes it calm as Summer Waters roll.
15 Here let me learn to check each growing Ill,
16 And bring to Reason disobedient Will;
17 To watch this incoherent Breast, and find
18 What fav'rite Passions rule the giddy Mind.
19 Here no Reproaches grate the wounded Ear;
20 We see delighted, and transported hear,
21 While the glad Warblers wanton round the Trees,
22 And the still Waters catch the dying Breeze,
23 Grief waits without, and melancholy Gloom:
24 Come, chearful Hope, and fill the vacant Room;
25 Come ev'ry Thought, which Virtue gave to please;
26 Come smiling Health with thy Companion Ease:
27 Let these, and all that Virtue's self attends,
28 Bless the still Hours of my gentle Friends:
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29 Peace to my Foes, if any such there be,
30 And gracious Heav'n give Repose to me.


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Title (in Source Edition): A SUMMER'S WISH.
Author: Mary Leapor
Themes: happiness; nature
Genres: heroic couplet; hymn; wish poem
References: DMI 23731

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Leapor, Mrs. (Mary), 1722-1746. Poems upon several occasions: By Mrs. Leapor of Brackley in Northamptonshire. London: printed: and sold by J. Roberts, 1748, pp. 21-23. 15,[5],282p. ; 8⁰. (ESTC T127827; Foxon p. 413; OTA K101776.000) (Page images digitized from a copy at University of California Libraries.)

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