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Poem by Robert Bloomfield

Shooters Hill

HEALTH! I seek thee;dost thou love
The mountain-top or quiet vale,
Or deign oer humbler hills to rove
On showery Junes dark southwest gale?
If so, I ll meet all blasts that blow,
With silent step, but not forlorn;
Though, goddess, at thy shrine I bow,
And woo thee each returning morn.

I seek thee where, with all his might,
The joyous bird his rapture tells,
Amidst the half-excluded light,
That gilds the foxgloves pendent bells;
Where cheerly up this bold hills side
The deepening groves triumphant climb:
In groves Delight and Peace abide,
And Wisdom marks the lapse of time.

To hide me from the public eye,
To keep the throne of reason clear,
Amidst fresh air to breathe or die,
I took my staff and wandered here.
Suppressing every sigh that heaves,
And coveting no wealth but thee,
I nestle in the honeyed leaves,
And hug my stolen liberty.

Oer eastward uplands, gay or rude,
Along to Eriths ivied spire,
I start, with strength and hope renewed,
And cherish lifes rekindling fire.
Now measure vales with straining eyes,
Now trace the churchyards humble names;
Or climb brown heaths, abrupt that rise,
And overlook the winding Thames.

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Sweet health, I seek thee! hither bring
Thy balm that softens human ills;
Come, on the long-drawn clouds that fling
Their shadows oer the Surrey hills.
Yon green-topt hills, and far away
Where late as now I freedom stole,
And spent one dear delicious day
On thy wild banks, romantic Mole.

Ay, there s the scene! 1 beyond the sweep
Of Londons congregated cloud,
The dark-browed wood, the headlong steep,
And valley-paths without a crowd!
Here, Thames, I watch thy flowing tides,
Thy thousand sails am proud to see;
For where the Mole all silent glides
Dwells peace,and peace is wealth to me!

Robert Bloomfield

Robert Bloomfield's other poems:
  1. A Visit to Renelagh
  2. Rosy Hannah
  3. Barnham Water
  4. A First View of the Sea
  5. The Horkey

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