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1. Marria

Ch. Ch.
PO E M S

BY Y

WILLIAM MASON, M. A.

THE FOURTH EDITION.

Y ORK:

PRINTED BY A. WARD, AND SOLD BY ROPERT

HORSFIELD, No. XXII. IN LUDGATE -STREET;
T. CADELL, IN THE STRAND; AND W. TESSEY-
MAN, IN THE MINSTER-YARD, YORK.

M.DCC.LXXIV.

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ROBERT EARL OF HOLDERNESSE, BARON D'ARCY, MENIL AND CONYERS,

LORD WARDEN
OF HIS MAJESTY'S CINQUE PORTS,

AND

GOVERNOR OF DOVER CASTLE.

S Ο Ν Ν Ε Τ.

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'ARCY, to thee, whate'er of happier vein,

Smit with the love of Song, my youth essay’d, This verse devotes from Aston's secret shade, Where letter'd Ease, thy gift, endears the scene. Here, as the light-wing’d moments glide serene,

I weave the bower, around the tufted mead

In careless Aow the simple pathway lead, And strew with many a rose the shaven green. So, to deceive my solitary days,

With rural toils ingenuous arts I blend, Secure from envy, negligent of praise,

Yet not unknown to fame, if D'Arcy lend His wonted smile to dignify my lays,

The Muse's Patron, but the Poet's Friend.

May 12, 1763.

W. MASON.

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