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Remote from cities liv'd a swain,
A deep philosopher (whose rules
Whence is thy learning ? hath thy toil
stancy and nuptial love
i pious wing protects her care, perdry fowl that flies at large sructs me in a parents charge. sium Nature, too, I take my rule, Babichil contempt and ridicule.
er, with important air, conversation overbear.
grave and formal pass for wise 'ien men the solemn owl despise ? y tongue within my lips I rein,
who talks much must talk in vain.
from the wordy torrent fly: usid listens to the chatt'ring pie ? i would I, with felonious slight,
stealth invade my neighbour's right. spacious animals we hate:
Es, hawks, and wolves, deserve their fate. jo not we just abhorrence find
winst the toad and serpent kind ? But Envy, Calumny, and Spite, bar stronger venom in their bite. Thus ev'ry object of creation Can furnish hints to contemplation; And from the most minute and mean A virtuous mind can morals glean.
Hast thou old Greece and Rome survey'd,
The Shepherd modestly reply'd,
The daily labours of the bee
In constancy and nuptial love
From Nature, too, I take my rule,