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A series of six pastorals by J. Gay, published 1714.

They are eclogues in mock‐classical style, five of them based more or less closely on Virgil, but presenting shepherds and milkmaids not of the golden age but of the poet's day, in their earthy simplicity. They were designed to parody those of A. Phillips. Gay portrays his rustic characters (Blouzelinda, Bowzybeus, Cloddipole, Grubbinol, etc.) at work as well as at play, and paints (in his own words) a ‘lively landscape’.

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