Deserted Village

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A poem by Goldsmith, published 1770, in which he evokes the idyllic pastoral life of Auburn, ‘loveliest village of the plain’, in its days of prosperous peace, now over; the poet laments the growth of trade, the demand for luxuries, and the mercantile spirit which have depopulated such villages and driven ‘a bold peasantry, their country's pride’ to emigration. Boswell attributes the last four lines to Dr Johnson.

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Oliver Goldsmith (1730—1774) author