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1 Whilst I beneath this silent shade,
2 Contented sit and sing,
3 I envy not the great their joys,
4 That from their riches spring.
5 Let those who have in courts been bred,
6 There still in splendor shine;
7 Their lot of bliss may not surpass,
8 Perhaps not equal mine,
9 While no unwelcome visitants,
10 My solitude invade;
11 The monarch is not more secure,
12 Than I beneath this shade.
13 These friendly trees on either side,
14 From heat a shelter stand;
15 The white rose on the brier hangs,
16 And seems t' invite my hand.
17 Ah! rose, no longer to my eyes
18 Thy pow'rful charms display,
19 For I've a sweeter flow'r than you,
20 And one that looks more gay.


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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. 103. [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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