Scatter’d around the verdant village green The peasants’* humble cottages are seen; Some almost hidden by the clust’ring flowers, The produce of their evening’s leisure hours. Within these small abodes the eye may see The neat and careful hand of industry.1
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- 1.Mary Burrows, Sketches of our Village (Ipswich and London, 1852) p. 3. This includes several bad imitations of Goldsmith.Google Scholar
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