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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Georgian Verse.  1909.
 
Inscription on a Fountain
By Edward Lovibond (1724–1775)
 
O YOU, who mark what flowrets gay,
  What gales, what odours breathing near,
What sheltering shades from summer’s ray
  Allure my spring to linger here.
 
You see me quit this margin green,        5
  Yet see me deaf to pleasure’s call,
Explore the thirsty haunts of men,
  Yet see my bounty flow for all.
 
O learn of me—no partial rill,
  No slumbering selfish pool be you;        10
But social laws alike fulfil;
  O flow for all creation too!
 
 
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