Letters to a Young Lady on a Course of English Poetry

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Hopkins and Seymour, 1806 - Books and reading - 297 pages
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Page 71 - This day, black Omens threat the brightest Fair, That e'er deserv'da watchful spirit's care; Some dire disaster, or by force, or slight; But what, or where, the fates have wrapt in night. Whether the nymph shall break Diana's law, Or some frail China jar receive a flaw; Or stain her honour or her new brocade; Forget her pray'rs, or miss a masquerade; Or lose her heart, or necklace, at a ball; Or whether Heav'n has doom'd that Shock must fall.
Page 40 - Inspir'd repuls'd battalions to engage, And taught the doubtful battle where to rage. So when an angel by divine command With rising tempests shakes a guilty land, Such as of late o'er pale Britannia past, Calm and serene he drives the furious blast ; And pleas'd th' Almighty's orders to perform, Rides in the whirlwind, and directs the storm.
Page 62 - Yet should some neighbour feel a pain, Just in the parts where I complain, How many a message would he send ! What hearty prayers that I should mend...
Page 71 - Essences exhale ; To draw fresh Colours from the vernal Flow'rs ; To steal from Rainbows ere they drop in Show'rs A brighter Wash ; to curl their waving Hairs, Assist their Blushes, and inspire their Airs ; Nay oft, in Dreams, Invention we bestow, To change a Flounce, or add a Furbelow.
Page 203 - The noisy geese that gabbled o'er the pool, The playful children just let loose from school; The watchdog's voice that bayed the whispering wind, And the loud laugh that spoke the vacant mind; These all in sweet confusion sought the shade, And filled each pause the nightingale had made.
Page 175 - ... of old to fame. None but his brethren he, and sisters, knew, whom the kind youth preferr'd to me; and ev'n in that we did agree; for much above myself I lov'd them, too.
Page 1 - But hail, ye mighty masters of the lay, Nature's true sons, the friends of man and truth! Whose song, sublimely sweet, serenely gay, Amused my childhood, and inform'd my youth.
Page 47 - And borne by winds the scatt'ring sparks arise; From beam to beam the fierce contagion spreads; The spiry flames now lift aloft their heads, Through the burst sash a blazing deluge pours, And splitting tiles descend in rattling show'rs. 360 Now with thick crowds th...
Page 96 - Fear'd her stern frown, and she was queen o' the woods. What was that snaky-headed Gorgon shield, That wise Minerva wore, unconquer'd virgin, Wherewith she freez'd her foes to congeal'd stone, But rigid looks of chaste austerity...
Page 28 - More than a mile immersed within the wood, At once the wind was laid; the whispering sound Was dumb; a rising earthquake...

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