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1 HERE in cool grot, and mossy cell,
2 We rural fays and faeries dwell:
3 Tho' rarely seen by mortal eye,
4 When the pale moon, ascending high,
5 Darts thro' yon' limes her quivering beams,
6 We frisk it near these crystal streams.
7 Her beams, reflected from the wave,
8 Afford the light our revels crave;
9 The turf, with daisies broider'd o'er,
10 Exceeds, we wot, the Parian floor;
11 Nor yet for artful strains we call,
12 But listen to the water's fall.
13 Would you then taste our tranquil scene.
14 Be sure your bosoms be serene;
15 Devoid of hate, devoid of strife,
16 Devoid of all that poisons life;
17 And much it 'vails you, in their place,
18 To graft the love of human race.
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19 And tread with awe these favour'd bow'rs,
20 Nor wound the shrubs nor bruise the flow'rs;
21 So may your paths with sweets abound!
22 So may your couch with rest be crown'd!
23 But harm betide the wayward swain,
24 Who dares our hallow'd haunt profane!


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Title (in Source Edition): On a ROOT-HOUSE.
Themes: rural life; supernatural
Genres: inscription
References: DMI 27283

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Dodsley, Robert, 1703-1764. A Collection of Poems in Six Volumes. By Several Hands. Vol. IV. London: printed by J. Hughs, for R. and J. Dodsley, 1763 [1st ed. 1758], pp. 345-346. 6v.: music; 8⁰. (ESTC T131163; OTA K104099.004) (Page images digitized by the Eighteenth-Century Poetry Archive from a copy in the archive's library.)

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