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By a Person of Quality.

1 Remote from Strife, from urban Throngs, and Noise.
2 Here dwells my Soul amidst domestic Joys:
3 No ratling Coaches serious Thoughts annoy;
4 Nor busy prating Fools my Peace destroy:
5 Wrapt up in all the Sweets of rural Ease,
6 My great Creator's Works my Senses please.
7 The Mind, in peaceful Solitude, has Room
8 To range in Thought, and ramble far from home,
9 Others may court the Joys which Princes give,
10 Whilst I, in sacred Silence, truly live.


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Title (in Source Edition): By a Person of Quality.
Author: Mary Barber
Themes: retirement
Genres: heroic couplet
References: DMI 11607

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Barber, Mary, ca. 1690-1757. Poems on Several Occasions [poems only]. London: Printed for C. Rivington, at the Bible and Crown in St. Paul's Church-Yard, 1734, p. 230. xlviii,283,[7]p.; 8⁰. (ESTC T42622; DMI 519; Foxon p. 45) (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian Library [Harding C 3644].)

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