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   English Poetry I: From Chaucer to Gray.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
278. Solitude
 
Alexander Pope (1688–1744)
 
 
HAPPY the man, whose wish and care
A few paternal acres bound,
Content to breathe his native air
            In his own ground.
 
Whose herds with milk, whose fields with bread,        5
Whose flocks supply him with attire;
Whose trees in summer yield him shade,
            In winter fire.
 
Blest, who can unconcern’dly find
Hours, days, and years, slide soft away        10
In health of body, peace of mind,
            Quiet by day.
 
Sound sleep by night; study and ease
Together mix’d, sweet recreation,
And innocence, which most does please        15
            With meditation.
 
Thus let me live, unseen, unknown;
Thus unlamented let me die;
Steal from the world, and not a stone
            Tell where I lie.        20
 

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