An Essay Towards A Topographical History of the County of Norfolk: Volume 2. Originally published by W Miller, London, 1805.
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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 place:
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.