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Poem by Tobias George Smollett


Ode to Leven-Water


	On Levens banks, while free to rove,
And tune the rural pipe to love,
I envied not the happiest swain
That ever trod the Arcadian plain.

	Pure stream, in whose transparent wave
My youthful limbs I wont to lave,
No torrents stain thy limpid source;
No rocks impede thy dimpling course,
That sweetly warbles oer its bed,
With white, round, polishd pebbles spread;
While, lightly poised, the scaly brood
In myriads cleave thy crystal flood;
The springing trout, in speckled pride,
The salmon, monarch of the tide,
The ruthless pike, intent on war,
The silver eel, and mottled par.
Devolving from thy parent lake,
A charming maze thy waters make,
By bowers of birch, and groves of pine,
And edges flowerd with eglantine.

	Still on thy banks, so gaily green,
May numerous herds and flocks be seen,
And lasses, chanting oer the pail,
And shepherds, piping in the dale,
And ancient faith, that knows no guile,
And Industry, embrownd with toil,
And hearts resolved, and hands prepared,
The blessings they enjoy to guard.

Town and Country Magazine, June 1771

Tobias George Smollett


Tobias George Smollett's other poems:
  1. Ode to Independence
  2. The Tears of Scotland. Written in the Year 1746


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