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A HUMBLE INVOCATION, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: When summer's tribe, her rosy tribe, are fled
Last Line: And swell the softer strain with themes of love.


WHEN summer's tribe, her rosy tribe, are fled,
And drooping beauty mourns her blossoms shed,
Some humbler sweet may cheer the pensive swain,
And simpler beauties deck the withering plain.
And thus when Verse her wint'ry prospect weeps,
When Pope is gone, and mighty Milton sleeps,
When Gray in lofty lines has ceased to soar,
And gentle Goldsmith charms the town no more,
An humbler Bard the widow'd Muse invites,
Who led by hope and inclination writes:
With half their art, he tries the soul to move,
And swell the softer strain with themes of love.





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