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CLASSIC POEMS,

FROM THE WRITINGS OF

POLDSMITH, BURNS, ELIOT, INGELOW, SCHILLER,

TENNYSON, CAMPBELL, BYRON, COLERIDGE.

MACAULAY, AYTOUN, POE AND GOETHE,

REPRINTED FROM THE ELZEVIR LIBRARY,

NEW YORK :
JOHN B. ALDEN, PUBLISHER.

1887.

TROWO PRINTING AND BOOKBINDING JOMPANY,

NEW YORK

THE DESERTED VILLAGE.

SWEET AUBURN! loveliest village of the plain,
Where health and plenty cheer'd the laboring swain,
Where smiling spring its earliest visit paid,
And parting summer's lingering blooms display'd-
Dear lovely bowers of innocence and ease,
Seats of my youth, where every sport could please
How often have I loiter'd o'er thy green,
Where humble happiness endeared each scene;
How often have I paused on every charm
The sheltered cot, the cultivated farm,
The never-failing brook, the busy mill,
The decent church that topp'd the neighboring hill,
The hawthorn bush, with seats beneath the shade,
For talking age and whispering lovers made;
How often have I bless'd the coming day
When toil remitting lent its turn to play,
And all the village train, from labor free,
Led up their sports beneath the spreading tree--
While many a pastime circled in the shade,
The young contending as the old surveyed,
And many a gambol frolick'd o'er the ground,
And sleights of art and feats of strength went round:
And still, as each repeated pleasure tired,
Succeeding sports the mirthful band inspired

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