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WILLIAM MASON, M. A.
THE FOURTH EDITION.
PRINTED BY A. WARD, AND SOLD BY ROPERT
HORSFIELD, No. XXII. IN LUDGATE -STREET;
ROBERT EARL OF HOLDERNESSE, BARON D'ARCY, MENIL AND CONYERS,
GOVERNOR OF DOVER CASTLE.
S Ο Ν Ν Ε Τ.
'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.