MS: 'A fragment, which was meant for the beginning of an Elegy on the late Miss Burnet of Monboddo'

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MS: 'A fragment, which was meant for the beginning of an Elegy on the late Miss Burnet of Monboddo'

52. A Fragment, which was meant for the
beginning of an Elegy on the late Miss Burnet
of Mondobbo --------

Life ne'er exulted in so rich a prize,
As Burnet lovely from her native skies;
Nor envious Death so triumph'd in a blow,
As that which laid th' accomplish'd Burnet low. ----

Thy form & mind, sweet Maid! can I forget,
In richest ore the brightest jewel set!
In thee, what Heaven above, was truest shown,
For by his noblest work the Godhead best is known. ----

In vain ye flaunt in summer's pride, ye groves;
Thou crystal streamlet with thy flowery shore,
Ye woodland choir that chant your idle loves,
Ye cease to charm, Eliza is no more. ----

Ye healthy wastes immix'd with reedy fens,
Ye mossy streams with sedge & rushes stor'd,
Ye rugged cliffs o'erhanging dreary glens,
To you I fly, ye with my soul accord. ----
Princes

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