Solitude: An Ode

Original Text: 
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.
1How happy he, who free from care
2The rage of courts, and noise of towns;
3Contented breaths his native air,
4            In his own grounds.
5Whose herds with milk, whose fields with bread,
6Whose flocks supply him with attire,
7Whose trees in summer yield him shade,
8            In winter fire.
9Blest! who can unconcern'dly find
10Hours, days, and years slide swift away,
11In health of body, peace of mind,
12            Quiet by day,
13Sound sleep by night; study and ease
14Together mix'd; sweet recreation,
15And innocence, which most does please,
16            With meditation.
17Thus let me live, unheard, unknown;
18Thus unlamented let me dye;
19Steal from the world, and not a stone
20            Tell where I lye.
Publication Start Year: 
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
RPO 2000.