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Ode VI. Book II. Imitated.

1 BEVIL, that with your friend would roam,
2 Far from your England's happier home,
3 Should e'er the Fates that friend detain
4 In gayer France, or graver Spain;
5 Know, all my wish is to retreat,
6 When age shall quench my youthful heat,
7 In Kentish shades sweet peace to find,
8 And leave the sons of care behind,
9 But should this pleasing hope be vain,
10 May I fair Windsor's seat attain,
11 Where Leddon's gentle waters glide,
12 And flocks adorn its flowery side.
13 Sweet groves, I love your silent shades:
14 Your russet lawns, and op'ning glades,
15 With fam'd Italia's plains may vie
16 Your fertile fields, and healthful sky.
17 Here, let our eve of life be spent;
18 Here, friend shall live with friend content:
19 Here, in cold earth my limbs be laid;
20 And here thy generous tear be paid.

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    Title (in Source Edition): Ode VI. Book II. Imitated.
    Themes: retirement; contentment
    Genres: imitation; translation; paraphrase
    References: DMI 26249

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    A Collection of Poems in Six Volumes. By Several Hands. Vol. IV. London: printed by J. Hughs, for R. and J. Dodsley, 1763 [1st ed. 1758], p. 280. 6v.: music; 8⁰. (ESTC T131163; OTA K104099.004)

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