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

Poems: 1718–27

Verses to Mr. C.

  • St. James’s Palace, London, Oct. 22
  • Probably Craggs, who was in office at the time when Pope established himself at Twickenham. (Ward.)

  • FEW words are best; I wish you well;

    Bethel, I ’m told, will soon be here;

    Some morning walks along the Mall,

    And ev’ning friends, will end the year.

    If, in this interval, between

    The falling leaf and coming frost,

    You please to see, on Twit’nam green,

    Your friend, your poet, and your host:

    For three whole days you here may rest

    From Office bus’ness, news, and strife;

    And (what most folks would think a jest)

    Want nothing else, except your wife.