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Stedman and Hutchinson, comps.  A Library of American Literature:
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes.  1891.
Vols. I–II: Colonial Literature, 1607–1764
 
The Country Parson
By Elizabeth Graeme Ferguson (1737–1801)
 
[Born at “Graeme Park,” near Philadelphia, Penn. Died near her birthplace, 1801. Parody on Pope’s Lines. Printed in a Collection of Poems by Nathaniel Evans. 1772.]

HOW happy is the country parson’s lot!
Forgetting bishops, as by them forgot;
Tranquil of spirit, with an easy mind,
To all his vestry’s votes he sits resigned:
Of manners gentle, and of temper even,        5
He jogs his flocks, with easy pace, to heaven.
In Greek and Latin, pious books he keeps;
And, while his clerk sings psalms, he—soundly sleeps.
His garden fronts the sun’s sweet orient beams,
And fat church-wardens prompt his golden dreams.        10
The earliest fruit, in his fair orchard, blooms;
And cleanly pipes pour out tobacco’s fumes.
From rustic bridegroom oft he takes the ring;
And hears the milkmaid plaintive ballads sing.
Back-gammon cheats whole winter nights away,        15
And Pilgrim’s Progress helps a rainy day.
 
 
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