The Country Mouse by Abraham Cowley
Abraham Cowley (1618-1667) devoted his life to poetry. During a writing career which spanned the Civil War, his most aatractive writing is to be found in his verses in praise of love and drinking, and contrasting the peace and quiet of country life with the bustle and dangers of the city and court.
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