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HASTINGS' SONNETS: 5, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: A hundred years to live, and live in joy
Last Line: Might thus we reach the slumbers of the dead!
Subject(s): Hastings, Henry (1551-1650)


A hundred years to live, and live in joy!
O what a favour'd fate! The blessed air,
In all its purity of leaf and flower;
The woodland peace, the contemplative hour;
The stillness which no city-broils annoy;
Security from envy, malice, care;
The gales that fragrance to the spirit bear;
The scenes in nature's unstain'd brightness fair;
The lulling murmur of the lonely trees;
The ambient bracing of the buoyant breeze;
The very health on forest-beauty's face;
The form robust in woodland pastures bred; --
With what a tranquil and uncumber'd pace
Might thus we reach the slumbers of the dead!





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