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THE

W REATH:

COLLECTION OF POEMS,

FROM

CELEBRATED ENGLISH AUTHORS.

NEW-YORK:

PUBLISHED BY W. B. GILLEY AND H. I. MEGAREY.

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HARVARD COLLEGE LIBRARY

THE BEQUEST OF THEODORE JEWEIT EASTMAN

1931

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The Ureaty.

THE MINSTREL;

OR,

THE PROGRESS OF GENIUS.

BOOK I.

AR! who can tell how hard it is to climb
The steep where Fame's proud temple shines afar!
Ah! who can tell how many a soul sublime
Hath felt the influence of malignant star,
And wag'd with Fortune an eternal war;
Check’d by the scoff of Pride, by Envy's frown,
And Poverty's unconquerable bar,

In life's low vale remote hath pin'd alone,
Then dropt into the grave, unpitied and unknown

And yet, the languor of inglorious days
Not equally oppressive is to all.
Him, who ne'er listen’d to the voice of praise,
The silence of neglect can ne'er appal.
There are, who, deaf to mad Ambition's call,
Would shrink to hear the obstreperous trump of

Fame;
Supremely blest, if to their portion fall
Health, competence, and peace. Nor higher aim
Had He, whose simple tale these artless lines proclaim

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