Poems

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Page 104 - Thence what the lofty grave tragedians taught In chorus or iambic, teachers best Of moral prudence, with delight received In brief sententious precepts, while they treat Of fate, and chance, and change in human life, High actions, and high passions best describing : Thence to the famous orators repair, Those ancient, whose resistless eloquence Wielded at will that fierce democratic, Shook the arsenal, and fulmined over Greece To Macedon and Artaxerxes...
Page 65 - Full oft within the spacious walls, When he had fifty winters o'er him, My grave Lord-Keeper led the brawls ; The seals and maces danc'd before him. His bushy beard, and shoe-strings green, His high-crown'd hat and satin doublet, Mov'd the stout heart of England's Queen, Though Pope and Spaniard could not trouble it.
Page 68 - Run hurry-skurry round the floor, And o'er the bed and tester clamber; Into the drawers and china pry, Papers and books, a huge imbroglio ! Under a tea-cup he might lie, Or creased, like dogs-ears, in a folio.
Page 67 - P — t (By this time all the parish know it), Had told that thereabouts there lurk'd A wicked imp they call a poet: Who prowl'd the country far and near, Bewitch'd the children of the peasants, Dried up the cows, and lam'd the deer, And suck'd the eggs, and kill'd the pheasants. My lady heard their joint petition, Swore by her coronet and ermine, She'd issue out her high commission To rid the manor of such vermin. The heroines undertook the task, Thro...
Page 67 - Dried up the cows, and lamed the deer, And suck'd the eggs, and kill'd the pheasants. My lady heard their joint petition, Swore by her coronet and ermine, She'd issue out her high commission To rid the manor of such vermin. The heroines undertook the task, Thro...
Page 31 - ... his humanity, cheerfully gave the poor Christian one.half of the loaf; consoling the queen with this religious reflection, •That He who could feed five thousand with five loaves and two fishes, could make (if it so pleased him! that half of the loaf suffice for more than their necessities.
Page 68 - The trembling family they daunt, They flirt, they sing, they laugh, they tattle, Rummage his mother, pinch his aunt, And...
Page 72 - But soon his rhetoric forsook him, When he the solemn hall had seen ; A sudden fit of ague shook him ; He stood as mute as poor Macleane.
Page 69 - Out of the window, whisk, they flew, But left a spell upon the table. The words too eager to unriddle The Poet felt a strange disorder: Transparent birdlime form'd the middle, And chains invisible the border.
Page 72 - The drawing-room of fierce Queen Mary. The peeress comes. The audience stare, And doff their hats with due submission : She curtsies, as she takes her chair, To all the people of condition. The bard with many an artful fib Had in imagination fenced him, Disproved the arguments of Squib, And all that Groom could urge against him.

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