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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Georgian Verse.  1909.
 
A Wish
By Samuel Rogers (1763–1855)
 
MINE be a cot beside the hill;
A bee-hive’s hum shall soothe my ear;
A willowy brook, that turns a mill,
With many a fall shall linger near.
 
The swallow, oft, beneath my thatch,        5
Shall twitter from her clay-built nest;
Oft shall the pilgrim lift the latch,
And share my meal, a welcome guest.
 
Around my ivy’d porch shall spring
Each fragrant flower that drinks the dew;        10
And Lucy, at her wheel, shall sing
In russet gown and apron blue.
 
The village-church among the trees,
Where first our marriage-vows were given,
With merry peals shall swell the breeze,        15
And point with taper spire to heaven.
 
 
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