Solitude: An Ode
Pope's Own Miscellany Being a Reprint of Poems on Several Occasions 1717 containing new poems by Alexander Pope and others, ed. Norman Ault (London: Nonsuch Press, 1935): 82-83. PR 1215 P66 1935 Robarts Library.
I1How happy he, who free from care
2The rage of courts, and noise of towns;
3Contented breaths his native air,
4 In his own grounds.
II5Whose herds with milk, whose fields with bread,
6Whose flocks supply him with attire,
7Whose trees in summer yield him shade,
8 In winter fire.
III9Blest! who can unconcern'dly find
10Hours, days, and years slide swift away,
11In health of body, peace of mind,
12 Quiet by day,
IV13Sound sleep by night; study and ease
14Together mix'd; sweet recreation,
15And innocence, which most does please,
16 With meditation.
V17Thus let me live, unheard, unknown;
18Thus unlamented let me dye;
19Steal from the world, and not a stone
20 Tell where I lye.
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