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LINES ON THE COTTAGE AT THE FOOT OF BOX HILL, SURREY, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: What low building is that so invitingly neat
Last Line: While the mole softly creeps at the foot of the hill.
Alternate Author Name(s): Aikin, Anna Letitia


What low building is that so invitingly neat,
Where the way-faring man at the door finds a seat,
With prospects so enchanting his mind to refill?
'Tis the cottage that stands at the foot of the hill.

From the smoke, and the din, and the hurry of town,
Let the care-wearied cit to this spot hasten down,
And, embosom'd in shades, hear the lark singing shrill,
In the cottage that stands at the foot of the hill.

Let the fierce party-zealot suspend his alarms,
Nor here dream of invasion, or talk about arms:
Here the sweet charms of Nature his passions shall still,
As he treads the soft turf at the foot of the hill.

Here the belle that is drooping from crowds and night-air,
May her freshness renew, and her roses repair;
And the sick gather health without doctor or pill,
By a walk from the top to the foot of the hill.

Here's a health to the cottage, and health to the plains,
Ever blithe be your damsels and constant your swains;
Here may Industry, Peace, and Contentment, reign still,
While the Mole softly creeps at the foot of the hill.





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