The happy Clown, pp.204-205.

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HOW happy is the rural clown, 

Who, far remov’d from noise of town, 

Contemns the glory of a crown, 

And in his safe retreat, 

Is pleased with his low degree, 

Is rich in decent Poverty, 

From strife from care and bus’ness free, 

At once baith good and great? 

– 

No drums disturb his morning sleep, 

He fears no danger of the deep, 

Nor noisy law, nor courts ne’er heap 

Vexation on his mind; 

No Trumpets rouze him to the war, 

No hopes can bribe, no threats can dare; 

From fate intrigues he holds afar, 

And liveth unconfin’d. 

– 

Like those in golden ages born, 

He labours gently to adorn 

His small paternal fields of corn, 

And on their product feeds: 

Each season of the wheeling year, 

Industrious he improves with care; 

And still some ripened fruits appear, 

So well his toil succeeds. 

– 

Now by a silver stream he lies, 

And angles with his baits and flies, 

And next the silvan scene he tries, 

His spirits to regal: 

Now from the rock or height he views 

His fleecy flock, or teeming cows, 

Then tunes his reed, or tries his muse, 

That waits his honest call. 

– 

Amidst his harmless easy joys, 

No care his peace of mind destroys, 

Nor does he pass his time in toys 

Beneath his just regard: 

He’s fond to feel the zephyr’s breez, 

To plant and sned his tender trees; 

And for attending well his bees, 

Enjoys the sweet reward. 

– 

The flowry meads, and silent coves, 

The scenes of faithful rural loves, 

And warbling birds on blooming groves, 

Afford a wish’d delight: 

But O! how pleasant is this life? 

Blest with a chast and virtuous wife, 

And children pratling, void of strife, 

Around his fire at night. 

Authors Unknown

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