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a bank

O'ercanopied with luscious woodbine.

Shakesp. Midf, Night's Dream.

Beside

Beside fome water's rushy brink

With me the Muse shall fit, and think

(At ease reclin’d in rustic state)

How vain the ardour of the Crowd,

How low, how little are the Proud,

How indigent the Great !

Still is the toiling hand of Care :

The panting herds repose :

Yet hark, how thro' the peopled air

The busy murmur glows !
The insect youth are on the wing,

Eager to taste the honied spring,

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And

And float amid the liquid noon *:

Some lightly o’er the current skim,

Some shew their gayly-gilded trim

Quick-glancing to the sun to

To Contemplation's sober eye I

Such is the race of Man :

And they that creep, and they that fly,

Shall end where they began.

• “ Nare per æftatem liquidam

Virgil. Georg. lib. 4. +

-sporting with quick glance
Shew to the sun their waved coats drop'd with gold.

Milton's Paradise Loft, book 7. # While insects from the threshold preach, &c.

M, Green, in the Grotto. Dodsley's Miscellanies, Vol. V. p. 161.

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