Philip Hayes
(1738 - 1797)

Hayes : O sacred solitude : illustration

O sacred solitude
(T.T.B.)
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Published in The Muses' Delight, 1786.
Lyrics: Edward Young

O sacred solitude! Divine retreat!
Choice of the prudent! envy of the great!
By thy pure stream, or in thy waving shade,
We court fair wisdom, that celestial maid:
The genuine offspring of her lov'd embrace
(Strangers on earth!) are innocence and peace:
There, from the ways of men laid safe ashore,
We smile to hear the distant tempest roar;
There, blest with health, with business unperplex'd,
This life we relish, and ensure the next.