Stoke Poges: A Concise Account of the Church and Manor and Also of the Poet Thomas Gray

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Էջ 8 - Britain's isle, no matter where, An ancient pile of building stands : The Huntingdons and Hattons there Employ'd the power of fairy hands To raise the ceiling's fretted height, Each panel in achievements clothing, Rich windows that exclude the light, And passages that lead to nothing.
Էջ 8 - 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 danced before him. •> His bushy beard, and shoe-strings green, His high-crowned hat, and satin doublet, Moved the stout heart of England's queen, Though Pope and Spaniard could not trouble it.
Էջ 24 - I shall continue good part of the summer) ; and having put an end to a thing, whose beginning you have seen long ago, I immediately send it you.* You will, I hope, look upon it in the light of a thing with an end to it; a merit that most of my writings have wanted, and are like to want, but which this epistle I am determined shall not want, when it tells you that I am ever Yours.
Էջ 31 - The boast of heraldry, the pomp of power, And all that beauty, all that wealth e'er gave, Await alike the inevitable hour — The paths of glory lead but to the grave.
Էջ 27 - Suddenly, in May, 1757, it was brought to a conclusion in consequence of some concerts given at Cambridge by John Parry, the famous blind harper, who lived until 1782, and whose son was one of the first ARA's. Gray's account of the extraordinary effect that this man's music made on him is expressed in that light vein with which he loved to conceal deep emotion : " There is no faith in man, no, not in a Welshman ; and yet Mr. Parry has been here...
Էջ 30 - Ode on the Death of a Favourite Cat 'TWAS on a lofty vase's side Where China's gayest art had dyed The azure flowers, that blow ; Demurest of the tabby kind, The pensive Selima reclined...
Էջ 15 - He purposed to build a chapel of stone, with an altar therein, adjoining the church, and a tomb to be raised to his father and mother and a vault for his own body.
Էջ 7 - Stoke, where he died in 1572, and was buried in the Hastings chapel.

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