An elegant sufficiency, content, Retirement, rural quiet, friendship, books, Ease and alternate labour, useful life, Progressive virtue, and approving Heaven!
James Thomson (1700 - 1748)
Contributed by: Zaady
See, Winter comes to rule the varied world, Sullen and sad.
Source: The Seasons. Winter, 1726
There studious let me sit, And hold high converse with the mighty dead.
Forever, Fortune, wilt thou prove An unrelenting foe to love, And, when we meet a mutual heart, Come in between and bid us part?
Source: To Fortune
Come gentle Spring! ethereal mildness, come.
Source: The Seasons. Spring, 1728
A pleasing land of drowsyhead it was.
Source: The Castle of Indolence, 1748
But who can paint Like Nature? Can imagination boast, Amid its gay creation, hues like hers?
A bard here dwelt, more fat than bard be-seems, Who, void of envy, guile, and lust of gain, On virtue still, and nature's pleasing themes, Poured from his unpremeditated strain.
Crowned with the sickle, and wheaten sheaf, While Autumn, nodding o'er the yellow plain, Comes jovial on.
Source: The Seasons. Autumn, 1730
Welcome, ye shades! ye bowery Thickets hail! Ye lofty Pines! ye venerable Oaks! Ye Ashes wild, resounding o'er the steep! Delicious is your shelter to the soul.
Source: The Seasons. Summer
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