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ODE TO SOLITUDE.

1 THOU, that at deep dead of night
2 Walk'st forth beneath the pale moon's light,
3 In robe of flowing black array'd,
4 While cypress-leaves thy brows o'ershade;
5 Listening to the crowing cock,
6 And the distant sounding clock;
7 Or sitting in thy cavern low,
8 Do'st hear the bleak winds loudly blow,
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9 Or the hoarse death-boding owl,
10 Or village maistiff's wakeful howl,
11 While through thy melancholy room
12 A dim lamp casts an awful gloom;
13 Thou, that on the meadow green,
14 Or daisy'd upland art not seen,
15 But wandering by the dusky nooks,
16 And the pensive-falling brooks,
17 Or near some rugged, herbless rock,
18 Where no shepherd keeps his flock!
19 Musing maid, to thee I come,
20 Hating the tradeful city's hum;
21 O let me calmly dwell with thee,
22 From noisy mirth and business free,
23 With meditation seek the skies,
24 This folly-fetter'd world despise!

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Title (in Source Edition): ODE TO SOLITUDE.
Author: Joseph Warton
Themes: retirement
Genres: ode
References: DMI 32525

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A collection of poems in four volumes. By several hands. Vol. II. [The second edition]. London: printed for G. Pearch, 1770, pp. 258-259. 4v. ; 8⁰. (ESTC T116245; DMI 1135; OTA K093079.002)

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