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WRITTEN AT THE HERMITAGE AT ALDERSBROOK, MDCCLXI.

1 WHoe'er thou art whom chance or choice may bring
2 To these fair groves of venerable shade,
3 The group of tall elms and the silver spring,
4 Blame not the man who these his choice has made.
5 Hast thou not heard, that in a venal age
6 Wise Scipio from the walls of Rome retir'd;
7 Content to muse on Nature's simple page
i In the words of Linternum, "Never less alone than when alone,"was his favourite saying.
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8 And scenes the oft'ner view'd, the more admir'd.
9 Silent, like him, oft let me range the wood,
10 At morn's inspiring hour, or twilight grey,
11 And frequent sit where Reddon's ancient flood
12 Winds thro' delightful meads its chrystal way:
13 Ye Great! unenvy'd 'midst your grandeur shine,
14 Whilst days of tranquil Solitude are mine!

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Title (in Source Edition): WRITTEN AT THE HERMITAGE AT ALDERSBROOK, MDCCLXI.
Themes: retirement
Genres: sonnet
References: DMI 32649

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A collection of poems in four volumes. By several hands. Vol. IV. [The second edition]. London: printed for G. Pearch, 1770, p. 132. 4v. ; 8⁰. (ESTC T116245; DMI 1137; OTA K093079.004)

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