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"[Lines Written at Burnham]"

"[Lines Written at Burnham]"


1 And, as they bow their hoary tops, relate
2 In murmuring sounds the dark decrees of fate;
3 While visions, as poetic eyes avow,
4 Cling to each leaf and swarm on every bough:

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Title/Paratext] "[Written by August 1736 [...]. [...]" R. Lonsdale, 1977.

"[Written by August 1736 [...]. First printed by Mason in 1775, where the letter [in which the lines appear] is dated September 1737. The same letter contains the lines '—the tim'rous hare, and sportive squirrel / Gambol around me—', perhaps only a reminiscence of Paradise Lost, iv. 340-5.]"

Thomas Gray and William Collins: Poetical Works. Ed. by Roger Lonsdale. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1977, 83.

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1 And, as they bow their hoary tops, relate
2 In murmuring sounds the dark decrees of fate;
3 While visions, as poetic eyes avow,
4 Cling to each leaf and swarm on every bough:

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  • Thomas Gray and William Collins: Poetical Works. Ed. by Roger Lonsdale. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1977.

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