The Fieldmouse of the African Deserts
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Natural History, Providence
According to a footnote, the theme of the poem was suggested by the observation of 'Mr Campbell' (apparently the missionary John Campbell) that 'by the beneficent provision of nature, certain bulbous plants and water berries were made to grow in abundance' even in the African deserts, by which lizards and field mice 'easily quenched their thirst'. The poem celebrates this providence.
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