4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs

Two poems by the bright light of the Augustan Age of English poetry

Alexander Pope
Alexander Pope

The Quiet Life

  • Happy the man whose wish and care
  • A few paternal acres bound
  • Content to breathe his native air
  • In his own ground.
  • Whose herd with milk, whose fields with bread,
  • Whose flocks supply him with attire;
  • Whose trees in summer yield him shade,
  • In winter, fire.
  • Blest, who can unconcern’dly find
  • Hours, days, and years, slide soft away
  • In health of body; peace of mind;
  • Quiet by day;
  • Sound sleep by night; study and ease
  • Together mix’d; sweet recreation,
  • And innocence, which most does please
  • With meditation.
  • Thus let me live, unseen, unknown;
  • Thus unlamented let me die;
  • Steal from the world, and not a stone
  • Tell where I lie.

Belinda (from The Rape of the Lock)

  • On her white Breast a sparkling Cross she wore,
  • Which Jews might kiss, and Infidels adore.
  • Her lively Looks a sprightly Mind disclose,
  • Quick as her Eyes, and as unfix’d as those:
  • Favours to none, to all she Smiles extends,
  • Oft she rejects, but never once offends.
  • Bright as the Sun, her Eyes the Gazers strike,
  • And, like the Sun, they shine on all alike.
  • Yet graceful Ease, and Sweetness void of Pride,
  • Might hide her Faults, if Belles had Faults to hide:
  • If to her share some Female Errors fall,
  • Look on her Face, and you’ll forget ’em all.

Alexander Pope (1688–1744) was an 18th-century English poet and bright light of the Augustan Age of English poetry, best known for his satirical verse and his translation of Homer into heroic couplets.

Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all

Previous article

San Diego vs. L.A. – guess who wins?

Seven wonders of our city, the noir side of town, the soul of San Diego, san diegan as metaphor
Alexander Pope
Alexander Pope

The Quiet Life

  • Happy the man whose wish and care
  • A few paternal acres bound
  • Content to breathe his native air
  • In his own ground.
  • Whose herd with milk, whose fields with bread,
  • Whose flocks supply him with attire;
  • Whose trees in summer yield him shade,
  • In winter, fire.
  • Blest, who can unconcern’dly find
  • Hours, days, and years, slide soft away
  • In health of body; peace of mind;
  • Quiet by day;
  • Sound sleep by night; study and ease
  • Together mix’d; sweet recreation,
  • And innocence, which most does please
  • With meditation.
  • Thus let me live, unseen, unknown;
  • Thus unlamented let me die;
  • Steal from the world, and not a stone
  • Tell where I lie.

Belinda (from The Rape of the Lock)

  • On her white Breast a sparkling Cross she wore,
  • Which Jews might kiss, and Infidels adore.
  • Her lively Looks a sprightly Mind disclose,
  • Quick as her Eyes, and as unfix’d as those:
  • Favours to none, to all she Smiles extends,
  • Oft she rejects, but never once offends.
  • Bright as the Sun, her Eyes the Gazers strike,
  • And, like the Sun, they shine on all alike.
  • Yet graceful Ease, and Sweetness void of Pride,
  • Might hide her Faults, if Belles had Faults to hide:
  • If to her share some Female Errors fall,
  • Look on her Face, and you’ll forget ’em all.

Alexander Pope (1688–1744) was an 18th-century English poet and bright light of the Augustan Age of English poetry, best known for his satirical verse and his translation of Homer into heroic couplets.

Sponsored
Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all
Previous article

Some locals accept the fact that there are a lot of tourists here

“A lady thought I was drowning and called all these people”
Next Article

The universal allure of PT Eatery

Making Vietnamese food at once approachable and interesting
Comments
0

Be the first to leave a comment.

Sign in to comment

Sign in

Art Reviews — W.S. Di Piero's eye on exhibits Ask a Hipster — Advice you didn't know you needed Best Buys — San Diego shopping Big Screen — Movie commentary Blurt — Music's inside track Booze News — San Diego spirits City Lights — News and politics Classical Music — Immortal beauty Classifieds — Free and easy Cover Stories — Front-page features Excerpts — Literary and spiritual excerpts Famous Former Neighbors — Next-door celebs Feast! — Food & drink reviews Feature Stories — Local news & stories From the Archives — Spotlight on the past Golden Dreams — Talk of the town Here's the Deal — Chad Deal's watering holes Just Announced — The scoop on shows Letters — Our inbox [email protected] — Local movie buffs share favorites Movie Reviews — Our critics' picks and pans Musician Interviews — Up close with local artists Neighborhood News from Stringers — Hyperlocal news News Ticker — News & politics Obermeyer — San Diego politics illustrated Of Note — Concert picks Out & About — What's Happening Overheard in San Diego — Eavesdropping illustrated Poetry — The old and the new Pour Over — Grab a cup Reader Travel — Travel section built by travelers Reading — The hunt for intellectuals Roam-O-Rama — SoCal's best hiking/biking trails San Diego Beer — Inside San Diego suds SD on the QT — Almost factual news Drinks All Around — Bartenders' drink recipes Sheep and Goats — Places of worship Special Issues — The best of Sports — Athletics without gush Street Style — San Diego streets have style Suit Up — Fashion tips for dudes Theater Reviews — Local productions Theater antireviews — Narrow your search Tin Fork — Silver spoon alternative Under the Radar — Matt Potter's undercover work Unforgettable — Long-ago San Diego Unreal Estate — San Diego's priciest pads Waterfront — All things ocean Your Week — Daily event picks
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs
Close