Reference to context of lines:
Fair Quiet, have I found thee here,
And Innocence, thy sister dear !
Mistaken long, I sought you then
In busy companies of men." (Dec'2015)
The above lines are taken from the poem ‘The Garden’ written and composed by Andrew Marvell.
Andrew Marvell is an English poet, politician, and satirist who belong to a group commonly known as the "Metaphysical Poets”. His poems are famous for the surprising use of language to explore BIG questions about love, sex, the earth, the universe, and the divine.
‘The Garden’ by Andrew Marvell is a unique poem which is romantic in its expression, metaphysical in its word game and classical in its music. The poem is written in heroic couplet, which deals with the poet’s experience of feelings and ideas about the garden that represents the nature.
The poet in the given lines is appreciating the unmatched retreat of Fair quiet and its sister Innocence. He found them away from the Society and away from the company of others. The Society was rude to the delicious solitude that he enjoys, presently.
The speaker suggests that just as flowers and trees individuals must retreat from social obligation into retired contemplation. He goes on to praise the solitude and quiet of his retreat into the garden, believing that he was mistaken to have once sought “Fair Quiet’ and “Innocence” among the “busy companies of men.” He also associates his private retreat with a holy experience, stating that the “sacred plants” of quiet and innocence can only grow amongst the organic plants in the garden. In other words, the material surrounding of the garden makes room in the speaker's heart and mind for the cultivation of spiritual values, which life in society has forced him to disregard.
( Answer Provided By Deepti Vij )