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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
 
II. Retirement
By Henry Kirke White (1785–1806)
 
GIVE me a cottage on some Cambrian wild,
  Where, far from cities, I may spend my days,
And, by the beauties of the scene beguiled,
  May pity man’s pursuits, and shun his ways.
While on the rock I mark the browsing goat,        5
  List to the mountain-torrent’s distant noise,
Or the hoarse bittern’s solitary note,
  I shall not want the world’s delusive joys;
But with my little scrip, my book, my lyre,
  Shall think my lot complete, nor covet more;        10
And, when, with time, shall wane the vital fire,
  I ’ll raise my pillow on the desert shore,
And lay me down to rest where the wild wave
Shall make sweet music o’er my lonely grave.
 
 
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