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Addressed to a BEECH TREE, on observing that some of its Leaves were tinged by the Smoke of a Fire that had been kindled under it.

1 WHAT taints thy shade or doth the year decay?
2 Yet soon again thy tender leaf revives.
3 I too, in silence, to the grave go down;
4 But hope inspires that still a sweeter spring
5 Awaits new joys;
6 Sweeter than even these fields;
7 Where oft the Muse in plaintive notes
8 Invites the coming year,
9 Or mourns the time delayed.

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    Title (in Source Edition): Addressed to a BEECH TREE, on observing that some of its Leaves were tinged by the Smoke of a Fire that had been kindled under it.
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    Carstairs, Christian. Original Poems. By a Lady, Dedicated to Miss Ann Henderson. A Tribute to Gratitude and Friendships. Edinburgh: Andrew Shortrede, 1786, p. [27].  (ESTC T76883) (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian [Harding C 680].)

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