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Then to come in spite of Sorrow,

And at my window bid good morrow,

Through the sweet-brier, or the vine,

Or the twisted eglantine;

While the cock with lively din

Scatters the rear of Darkness thin,

And to the stack, or the barn-door,

Stoutly struts his dames before:

Oft list'ning how the hounds and horn

Cheerly rouse the slumb'ring Morn,

From the side of some hoar hill,

Through the high wood echoing shrill:

Some time walking not unseen

By hedge-row elms, on hillocks green,

Right against the eastern gate,

Where the great Sun begins his state,

Rob'd in flames, and amber light,

The clouds in thousand liv'ries dight,

While the plowman near at hand

Whistles o'er the furrow'd land,

And the milk-maid singeth blithe,

And the mower whets his scythe,

And ev'ry shepherd tells his tale

Under the hawthorn in the dale.

Straight mine eye hath caught new pleasures

Whilst the landscape round it measures,

Russet lawns, and fallows gray," Where the nibbling flocks do stray, Mountains on whose barren breast The lab'ring clouds do often rest, Meadows trim with daisies pied, Shallow brooks and rivers wide. Towers and battlements it sees Bosom'd high in tufted trees, Where perhaps some beauty lies, The Cynosure of neighb'ring eyes. Hard by, a cottage chimney smokes, From betwixt two aged oaks, Where Corydon and Thyrsis met, Are at their savoury dinner set Of herbs, and other country messes, Which the neat-handed Phillis dresses; And then in haste her bower she leaves, With Thestylis to bind the sheaves; Or if the earlier season lead To the tann'd haycock in the mead. Sometimes with secure delight The upland hamlets will invite, When the merry bells ring round, And the jocund rebecks sound To many a youth and many a maid, Dancing in the chequer'd shade;

And young and old come forth to play

On. a sunshine holiday,

Till the live-long day-light fail;

Then to the spicy nut-brown ale,

With stories told of many a feat,

How fairy Mab the junkets eat;

She was pinch'd, and pull'd, she said;

And he, by friar's-lantern led,

Tells how the drudging goblin sweat,

To earn his cream bowl duly set,

When in one night, ere glimpse of morn,

His shadowy flail had thresh'd the corn

That ten day-lab'rers could not end;

Then lies him down the lubbar fiend,

And stretch'd out all the chimney's length,

Basks at the fire his hairy strength,

And crop-full out of doors he flings,

Ere the first cock his matin rings.

Thus done the tales, to bed they creep,

By whisp'ring winds soon lull'd asleep.

Towered cities please us then,

And the busy hum of men,

Where throngs of knights and barons bold,

In weeds of Peace high triumphs hold,

With store of ladies, whose bright eyes

Rain influence, and judge the prize .

Of wit, or arms, while both contend

To win her grace, whom all commend.

There let Hymen oft appear

In saffron robe, with taper clear,

And pomp, and feast, and revelry,'

With mask and antique pageantry,

Such sights as youthful poets dream

On summer eves by haunted stream.

Then to the well-trod stage anon,

If Jonson's learned sock be on,

Or sweetest Shakspeare, Fancy's child,

Warble his native wood-notes wild.'

And ever against eating cares,

Lap me in soft Lydian airs,

Married to immortal verse,

Such as the meeting soul may pierce

In notes with many a winding bout

Of linked sweetness long drawn out,

With wanton heed, and giddy cunning,

The melting voice through mazes running,

Untwisting all the chains.that tie

The hidden soul of harmony;

That Orpheus' self may heave his head

From golden slumber on a bed

Of heap'd Elysian flow'rs, and hear

Such strains as would have won the ear

Of Pluto, to have quite set free
His half regain'd Eurydice.
These delights, if thou canst give,
Mirth, with thee I mean to live.

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