THE BURGH OF THETFORD.
The following lines, which I met with in a poem composed some
years since, may serve for an Introduction to the history of this
Of all the elogies at which I aim,
Antiquity does the precedence claim,
By me, with order, and with air inspir'd,
The oldest glories shall be first admir'd.
Thetford, thy age shall introduce my rhymes,
I honour all thy joys in ancient times,
And wish thee happy, in what now appears
The relicts of above a thousand years.
Next, I congratulate thy charming site,
Fit for accommodation and delight,
On Ousa's banks conveniently placed,
With all her troops of wanton Naiads graced,
No situation but may envy thee,
Holding such intimacy with the sea,
Many do that, but my delighted muse
Says, Neptune's fairest daughter is the Little Ouse.