George Berg
(c.1730 - 1775)

To these lone shades
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Ode to contentment. Published c.1775.
Lyrics: Thomas Cole

To these lone shades, where peace delights to dwell,
May fortune oft permit me to retreat;
Here bid the world, with all its cares, farewell,
And leave its pleasures to the rich and great.

Oft as the summer's sun shall cheer this scene,
With that mild gleam which points his parting ray;
Here let my soul enjoy each eve serene,
Here share its calm 'til life's declining day.