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HIS GAY RETREAT, by            
First Line: Deep in a valley flanked by rolling hills
Last Line: He sought his gay retreat -- found peace again.
Subject(s): Country Life


Deep in a valley flanked by rolling hills
He had a gay retreat, a secret nook
Where flowers nodded; silly whippoorwills
Called merrily. A saucy tempting brook
Beguiled him when knee-deep he tried to wade
To hook the sportive trout. And there he stood
As care-free as the wind that wanton strayed,
Where Nature healed his scars, and life was good.

Too often would the city call him back
Away from Nature to a world of greed,
Where masters of colossal business crack
Their stinging whips of ruthlessness and speed.
When bruised and beaten by his strife with men,
He sought his gay retreat -- found peace again.





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