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1.Joseph Addison - A Letter from Italy, to the Right Honourable Charles Lord Halifax
2.Anne Finch, Countess of Winchelsea - A Nocturnal Reverie
3.John Milton - excerpt from Paradise Lost
4.Alexander Pope - from An Essay on Criticism
5.Alexander Pope - from Windsor Forest
6.Alexander Pope - To Mr. Gay, who wrote him a Congratulatory Letter On the Finishing his House
7.Alexander Pope (1688-1744)
8.Alexander Pope - from An Epistle to Richard Boyle, Earl of Burlington
9.James Thomson - from The Seasons

6. "To Mr. Gay, who wrote him a Congratulatory Letter On the Finishing his House"

Alexander Pope

AH, friend! 'tis true---this truth you lovers know­---
In vain my structures rise, my gardens grow;
In vain fair Thames reflects the double scenes
Of hanging mountains and of sloping greens:
Joy lives not here; to happier seats it flies,
And only dwells where Wortley casts her eyes.
What are the gay parterre, the chequered shade,
The morning bower, the ev'ning colonnade,
But soft recesses of uneasy minds,
To sigh unheard in to the passing winds? 10
So the struck deer in some sequestered part
Lies down to die, the arrow at his heart;
There, stretched unseen in coverts hid from day,
Bleeds drop by drop, and pants his life away.