Friday, 6 January 2012

Alexander Pope's Epistles to Several Persons

The following is two verses from Alexander Pope's Epistles to Several Persons: Epistle IV 1731. 

These verses are my favourite of any piece of literature due to their relevance to ecology and life today the line " In all, let Nature never be forgot." should be inscribed on every single page of planning legislation the world over. A beautiful piece of work in it's entirety however I have posted just my two favourite verses for their relevance as it is a long piece of work.

"To build, to plant, whatever you intend,
To rear the column, or the arch to bend,
To swell the terrace, or to sink the grot;
In all, let Nature never be forgot.
But treat the goddess like a modest fair,
Nor overdress, nor leave her wholly bare;
Let not each beauty ev'rywhere be spied,
Where half the skill is decently to hide.
He gains all points, who pleasingly confounds,
Surprises, varies, and conceals the bounds.

       Consult the genius of the place in all;
That tells the waters or to rise, or fall;
Or helps th' ambitious hill the heav'ns to scale,
Or scoops in circling theatres the vale;
Calls in the country, catches opening glades,
Joins willing woods, and varies shades from shades,
Now breaks, or now directs, th' intending lines;
Paints as you plant, and, as you work, designs."

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