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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed. The Book of Georgian Verse. 1909.

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Samuel Bishop (1731–1795)

IN myriad swarms, each summer sun

An insect nation shows;

Whose being, since he rose begun,

And e’er he sets will close.

Brief is their date, confin’d their powers,

The fluttering of a day;—

Yet life’s worth living, e’en for hours,

When all those hours—are play.