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John Bartlett (1820–1905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.

4500 William Cowper 1731-1800 John Bartlett

AUTHOR:William Cowper (1731–1800)
QUOTATION:Oh for a lodge in some vast wilderness, 1
Some boundless contiguity of shade,
Where rumour of oppression and deceit,
Of unsuccessful or successful war,
Might never reach me more.
ATTRIBUTION:The Task. Book ii. The Timepiece, Line 1.
Note 1.
Oh that I had in the wilderness a lodging-place of wayfaring men!—Jeremiah ix. 2.

Oh that the desert were my dwelling-place!—Lord Byron: Childe Harold, canto iv, stanza 177. [back]