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Alexander Pope (1688–1744). Complete Poetical Works. 1903.

Poems of Uncertain Date

Lines Written in Windsor Forest

  • Sent in an undated letter to Martha Blount

  • ALL hail, once pleasing, once inspiring shade,

    Scene of my youthful loves, and happier hours!

    Where the kind Muses met me as I stray’d,

    And gently press’d my hand, and said, ‘Be ours.’

    Take all thou e’er shalt have, a constant Muse:

    At Court thou mayst be liked, but nothing gain:

    Stocks thou mayst buy and sell, but always lose;

    And love the brightest eyes, but love in vain.