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[Inscription] I. For a GROTTO.

1 TO me, whom in their lays the shepherds call
2 Actaea, daughter of the neighbouring stream,
3 This cave belongs. The fig-tree and the vine,
4 Which o'er the rocky entrance downward shoot,
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5 Were plac'd by Glycon. He with cowslips pale,
6 Primrose, and purple Lychnis, deck'd the green
7 Before my threshold, and my shelving walls
8 With honeysuckle cover'd. Here at noon,
9 Lull'd by the murmur of my rising fount,
10 I slumber: here my clustering fruits I tend;
11 Or from the humid flowers, at break of day,
12 Fresh garlands weave, and chace from all my bounds
13 Each thing impure or noxious. Enter-in,
14 O stranger, undismay'd. nor bat nor toad
15 Here lurks: and if thy breast of blameless thoughts
16 Approve thee, not unwelcome shalt thou tread
17 My quiet mansion: chiefly, if thy name
18 Wise Pallas and the immortal Muses own.


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Title (in Source Edition): [Inscription] I. For a GROTTO.
Author: Mark Akenside
Themes: mythology; poetry; literature; writing
Genres: blank verse; inscription
References: DMI 27804

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Dodsley, Robert, 1703-1764. A Collection of Poems in Six Volumes. By Several Hands. Vol. VI. London: printed by J. Hughs, for R. and J. Dodsley, 1763 [1st ed. 1758], pp. 29-30. 6v.: music; 8⁰. (ESTC T131163; OTA K104099.006) (Page images digitized by the Eighteenth-Century Poetry Archive from a copy in the archive's library.)

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