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SONNET ON MOOR PARK; FORMERLY THE SEAT OF SIR WILLIAM TEMPLE, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: To yonder narrow vale, whose high sloped sides
Last Line: To madness shook, had ne'er with sorrows pined!
Subject(s): Temple, Sir William (1628-1699)


To yonder narrow vale, whose high-sloped sides
Are hung with airy oaks, and umbrage deep --
Where through thick shades the lulling waters creep:
And no vile noise the musing mind derides,
But silence with calm solitude abides --
Temple with joy retired, that he might keep
A course of quiet days, and nightly sleep
Beneath the covering wings of heavenly guides --
Virtue and peace! Here he in sweet repose
Sigh'd his last breath! Here Swift, in youth reclined,
Pass'd his smooth days. -- Oh, had he longer chose
Retreats so pure, perchance his nicer mind,
That the world's wildering follies and its woes
To madness shook, had ne'er with sorrows pined!





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