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Written at Mr. Pope's House at Twickenham, which he had lent to Mrs. G—lle.
[ed.] Mrs. Grenville. "The author's aunt, afterwards created countess Temple. She was widow and relict of Richard Grenville of Wootton, Esq; and died October 6, 1752." (1782) (AH)

In August 1735.

I.
1 GO, Thames, and tell the busy town,
2 Not all its wealth or pride
3 Cou'd tempt me from the charms that crown
4 That rural flow'ry side:
II.
5 Thy flow'ry side, where POPE has plac'd
6 The Muses' green retreat,
7 With ev'ry smile of Nature grac'd,
8 With ev'ry art compleat.
III.
9 But now, sweet bard, thy heav'nly song
10 Enchants us here no more;
11 Their darling glory lost too long
12 Thy once lov'd shades deplore.
IV.
13 Yet still for beauteous G—lle's sake,
14 The Muses here remain;
15 G—lle, whose eyes have power to make
16 A POPE of ev'ry swain.

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    Title (in Source Edition): Written at Mr. Pope's House at Twickenham, which he had lent to Mrs. G—lle. In August 1735.
    Themes: gardens; poetry; literature; writing; landscapes
    Genres: ballad metre; Chevy Chase stanza
    References: DMI 22317

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    A Collection of Poems in Six Volumes. By Several Hands. Vol. II. London: printed by J. Hughs, for R. and J. Dodsley, 1763 [1st ed. 1758], p. 56. 6v.: music; 8⁰. (ESTC T131163)

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