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TO QUILCA; A COUNTRY HOUSE IN NO GOOD REPAIR, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Let me thy properties explain
Last Line: Sloth, dirt, and theft, around her wait.
Subject(s): Houses; Sheridan, Thomas (1687-1738)


Let me thy properties explain:
A rotten cabin, dropping rain,
Chimneys with scorn rejecting smoke,
Stools, tables, chairs, and bedsteads broke.
Here elements have lost their uses;
Air ripens not, nor earth produces.
In vain we make poor Sheelah toil;
Fire will not roast, nor waters boil.
Through all the valleys, hills, and plains,
The goddess Want in triumph reigns;
And her chief officers of state,
Sloth, Dirt, and Theft, around her wait.





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