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Written at an Inn

William Shenstone
1714 - 1763

( Note:  Word spelling is from the 18th century.  Health refers to toast.)


To thee, fair Freedom   I retire,

From flattery, cards, and dice, and din:

Nor art thou found in mansions higher

Than the low cot, or humble inn.

'Tis here with boundless power I reign,

And every health which I begin,

Converts dull port to bright champain;

Such Freedom crowns it, at an inn.

I fly from pomp, I fly from plate,

I fly from Falshood's specious grin;

Freedom I Love, and form I hate,

And chuse my lodgings at an inn.

Here, waiter    Take my sordid ore,

Which lacqueys else might hope to win;

It buys what courts have not in store,

It buys me Freedom, at an inn.

Whoe'er has travell'd life's dull round,

Where'er his stages may have been,

May sigh to think he still has found

The warmest welcome --- at an inn.


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