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HASTINGS' SONNETS: 1, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Old harry hastings! Of thy forest life
Last Line: And echoes dancing round repeat their ecstacies.
Subject(s): Country Life; Hastings, Henry (1551-1650)

OLD Harry Hastings! of thy forest life
How whimsical, how picturesque the charms!
Yet it was sensual! With thy hounds and horn,
How cheerily didst thou salute the morn!
With airy steed didst thou pursue the strife,
Sounding through all the woodland glades alarms.
Sunk not a dell, and not a thicket grew,
But thy skill'd eye and long experience knew.
The herds were thy acquaintance; antler'd deer
Knew where to trust thy voice, and where to fear;
And through the shadowy oaks of giant size,
Thy bugle could the distant sylvans hear;
And wood-nymphsfrom their bowery bed would rise;
And echoes dancing round repeat their ecstacies.

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