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First Line: Scattered within the peaceful bay
Last Line: Without a calm delight.
Subject(s): Boston

SCATTERED within the peaceful bay
Many a fair isle and islet lay,
And rocks and banks which threatened there
No peril to the mariner.
The shores which bent around were gay
With maizals, and with pastures green,
And rails and hedge-row trees between,
And fields for harvest white,
And dwellings sprinkled up and down;
And round about the clustered town,
Which rose in sunshine bright,
Was many a sheltered garden spot,
And many a sunny orchard plot,
And bowers which might invite
The studious man to take his seat
Within their quiet, cool retreat,
When noon was at its height.
No heart that was at ease, I ween,
Could gaze on that surrounding scene
Without a calm delight.

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