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1 Rejoice ye jovial sons of mirth,
2 By sparkling wine inspir'd;
3 A joy of more intrinsic worth
4 I feel, while thus retir'd.
5 Excluded from the ranting crew,
6 Amongst these fragrant trees
7 I walk, the twinkling stars to view,
8 In solitary ease.
9 Half wrap'd in clouds, the half-form'd moon
10 Beams forth a cheering ray,
11 Surpassing all the pride of noon,
12 Or charms of early day.
13 The birds are hush'd, and not a breeze
14 Disturbs the pendant leaves;
15 My passion's hush'd as calm as these,
16 No sigh my bosom heaves.
17 While great ones make a splendid show,
18 In equipage or dress,
19 I'm happy here, nor wish below
20 For greater happiness.


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Title (in Source Edition): On CONTEMPLATIVE EASE.
Genres: occasional poem

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Hands, Elizabeth, 1746-1815. The death of Amnon. A poem. With an appendix: containing pastorals, and other poetical pieces. By Elizabeth Hands. [Coventry]: Printed for the author, by N. Rollason, Coventry, M,DCCLXXXIX., 1789, p. 100. [40],127,[1]p.; 8⁰. (ESTC T141063) (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian Library [Dunston B 961 (1)].)

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