Careful Words

retirement (n.)

The olive grove of Academe,

Plato's retirement, where the Attic bird

Trills her thick-warbled notes the summer long.

John Milton (1608-1674): Paradise Regained. Book iv. Line 244.

An elegant sufficiency, content,

Retirement, rural quiet, friendship, books,

Ease and alternate labour, useful life,

Progressive virtue, and approving Heaven!

James Thomson (1700-1748): The Seasons. Spring. Line 1158.

For solitude sometimes is best society,

And short retirement urges sweet return.

John Milton (1608-1674): Paradise Lost. Book ix. Line 249.