Alexan­der Pope (1688–1744) to Martha Blount

Country Life Every Week - - My Favourite Painting Peter May -

It is some proof of my sin­cer­ity to­wards you, that I write when I am pre­pared by drink­ing to speak truth; and sure a let­ter af­ter twelve at night must abound with that noble in­gre­di­ent. That heart must have abun­dance of flames, which is at once warmed by wine and you: wine awak­ens and ex­presses the lurk­ing pas­sions of my mind, as var­nish does the colours that are sunk in a pic­ture... My good qual­i­ties have been so frozen and locked up in a dull con­sti­tu­tion at all my for­mer sober hours, that it is very as­ton­ish­ing to me, now I am drunk, to find so much virtue in me

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