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Dyer, John

British poet chiefly remembered for "Grongar Hill" (1726), a short descriptive and meditative poem, in the manner of Alexander Pope's "Windsor-Forest," in which he portrays the countryside largely in terms of classical landscape. The poet describes the view from a hill overlooking the vale of Towy and uses this as a starting point for meditation on the human lot:A little rule, a little sway,A sunbeam in a winter's day,Is all the proud and mighty haveBetween the cradle and the grave.

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