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ADDISON (1672–1719); Rt. Hon. J..
38-45, 48, 49
CAREY (? - 1743) ; HENRY
ON A CERTAIN LADY AT COURT.
[Henrietta HOWARD, COUNTESS OF SUFFOLK.]
I KNOW the thing that 's most uncommon !
(Envy, be silent; and attend !) I know a reasonable woman;
Handsome and witty, yet a friend !
Not warped by passion, awed by rumour;
Not grave through pride, or gay through folly; An equal mixture of good humour
And sensible soft melancholy.
' Has she no faults then,' Envy says, “Sir?'
Yes, she has one, I must aver!
The woman 's deaf, and does not hear!
ODE ON SOLITUDE.
[This imitation of HORACE's Ode, Beatus integer, &c., was written in 1700, when young ALEXANDER POPE was not twelve years old. The present is his revised text of 1736.]
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;
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 In health of body, peace of mind,
Quiet by day,
Sound sleep by night; study and ease
Together mixt; sweet recreation ;
Thus, let me live, unseen! unknown!
Thus, unlamented, let me die!