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POEMS

BY

CHRISTOPHER PEARSE CRANCH.

PHILADELPHIA:

CAREY AND HART.

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953
C890

Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1844, by

CAREY AND HART,

in the Clerk's Office of the District Court for the Eastern District of

Pennsylvania.

C. Sherman, Printer.

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College Lyfe.

They go to scole to lern logyk and lawe, and eke contemplacion.

PIERS PLOUHMAN.

THERE stands upon a hille, al verdantlie
Yclad with trees, and grasse, and waving graine,
An edifice, ne very haught and highe,
Ne lowe; of bricks y built, joli and plaine ;
Beseemeth such an house there to remaine.
A spire decks the roofe, which to the eyne
Of wandering wighte, who there his course hath ta'en,
Beneathe Dan Sol doth often glitterynge shine:
And al beyonde the walles are groves and meadowes fine.

There often have I whilom conned my taske,
Intent on booke with no huge pleasaunce fraughte,
Withouten hope of drinke from luscious flaske,
To speed upon his waye one labouringe thoughte:
A booke as drye, perdie, was never boughte!
Ofte have I nodded, filled with drowsie sleepe,
Which Morpheus from his sombre land hath broughte,
And oft would starte, and vigyl fain would keepe,
Yet that same sleepie god still o'er my braine dyd
creepe.

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