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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:        5
  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.

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