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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Georgian Verse.  1909.
Song: ‘O’er desert plains, and rushy meres’
By William Shenstone (1714–1763)
O’ER desert plains, and rushy meres,
  And wither’d heaths, I rove;
Where tree, nor spire, nor cot appears,
  I pass to meet my love.
But tho’ my path were damask’d o’er        5
  With beauties e’er so fine,
My busy thoughts would fly before
  To fix alone—on thine.
No fir-crown’d hills could give delight,
  No palace please mine eye;        10
No pyramid’s aerial height,
  Where mould’ring monarchs lie.
Unmov’d, should Eastern kings advance,
  Could I the pageant see:
Splendour might catch one scornful glance,        15
  Nor steal one thought from thee.

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