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Poem by Samuel Johnson


London


THOUGH grief and fondness in my breast rebel
When injured Thales bids the town farewell,
Yet still my calmer thoughts his choice commend,
I praise the hermit, but regret the friend;
Who now resolves, from vice and London far,
To breathe in distant fields a purer air,
And, fixed on Cambrias solitary shore,
Give to St. David one true Briton more.
For who would leave, unbribed, Hibernias land,
Or change the rocks of Scotland for the Strand?	
There none are swept by sudden fate away,
But all whom hunger spares with age decay:
Here malice, rapine, accident, conspire,
And now a rabble rages, now a fire;
Their ambush here relentless ruffians lay,
And here the fell attorney prowls for prey;
Here falling houses thunder on your head,
And here a female atheist talks you dead.



Samuel Johnson

Poem Themes: London, Cities of England

Samuel Johnson's other poems:
  1. To Myrtilis - The New Year's Offering
  2. On Hearing Miss Thrale Consulting with a Friend About a Gown and Hat
  3. Parody of a Translation from the Medea of Euripides
  4. Drury-Lane Prologue Spoken by Mr. Garrick
  5. From the Medea of Euripides


Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • John Davidson London ("Athwart the sky a lowly sigh")
  • Joanna Baillie London ("IT is a goodly sight through the clear air")
  • Philip Bailey London ("I love thee, London! for thy many men")
  • Robert Leighton London ("TO live in London was my young wood-dream")

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