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FATHER FRANCIS'S PRAYER,
WRITTEN IN LORD WESTMORELAND'S HERMITAGE.
NE gay attire, ne marble hall,
Ne arched roof, ne pictured wall;
Ne cook of Fraunce, ne dainty board,
INSCRIPTION ON THE CELL.
BENEATH these moss-grown roots, this rustic cell,
INSCRIPTION IN THE CELL.
SWEET bird, that sing'st on yonder spray,
INSCRIPTION ON A SUMMER-HOUSE'
BELONGING TO MR. WEST, AT WICKHAM, IN KENT.
(AN IMITATION of Ausonius, 'AD VILLAM.')
Nor wrapp'd in smoky London's sulphurous clouds,
And not far distant, stands my rural cot: Neither obnoxious to intruding crowds,
Nor for the good and friendly too remote.
And when too much repose brings on the spleen, Or the gay city's idle pleasures cloy;
Swift as my changing wish, I change the scene, And now the country, now the town, enjoy.
END OF VOL. XXIX.
C. Whittingham, College House, Chiswick.