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HASTINGS' SONNETS: 2, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: A century did not thy vigor pale
Last Line: Of green, the aged sportsman cracks his blithesome jest!
Subject(s): Hastings, Henry (1551-1650)


A century did not thy vigour pale,
Nor war and rapine thy enjoyments cloud;
And thy halloos were gay, and clear, and loud,
To thy last days, through covert, hill, and vale:
The keepers heard it on the autumnal gale,
And with responsive horns, in blasts as proud,
Their labours to the cherish'd service vow'd,
Delighted their old merry lord to hail.
The forest girls peep'd out, and buxom wives,
And in the leaf-strown glades and yellow lanes
Each for the kindly salutation strives,
Which to their smiles the gladsome veteran deigns.
Hark how, on courser mounted, in his vest
Of green, the aged sportsman cracks his blithesome jest!





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