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Lines Written on a Window at the Leasowes at a Time of Very Deep Snow

by William Shenstone

In this small fort, besieged
with snow,
When every studious pulse
beats low,
What does my wish
require?
Some sprightly girls
beneath my roof,
Some friends sincere and
winter-proof,
A bottle and a fire.

Prolong, O snow, prolong
thy siege!
With these, thou wilt but
more oblige,
And bless me with thy
stay;
Extend, extend thy frigid
reign,
My few sincerer friends
detain,
And keep false friends
away.

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