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Page 166 - Created half to rise, and half to fall: Great lord of all things, yet a prey to all; Sole judge of truth, in endless error hurl'd; The glory jest, and riddle of the world!
Page 35 - Though of ethereal mould ; then form'd the moon Globose, and every magnitude of stars, And sow'd with stars the heaven thick as a field. Of light by far the greater part he took, Transplanted from her cloudy shrine, and placed In the sun's orb, made porous to receive And drink the liquid light, firm to retain Her gather'd beams, great palace now of light. Hither, as to their fountain, other stars Repairing, in their golden urns draw light...
Page 221 - Up springs the lark, Shrill-voiced, and loud, the messenger of morn; Ere yet the shadows fly, he mounted sings Amid the dawning clouds, and from their haunts Calls up the tuneful nations.
Page 236 - And all the vapoury turbulence of Heaven, Involve the face of things. Thus Winter falls, A heavy gloom oppressive o'er the world, Through Nature shedding influence malign, And rouses up the seeds of dark disease. The soul of man dies in him, loathing life, And black with more than melancholy views.
Page 235 - Assaults with dint of sword, or pointed spears, And homeward, on his back, the joyful burden bears. The men to subterranean caves retire, Secure from cold, and crowd the cheerful fire: With trunks of elms and oaks the hearth they load, Nor tempt the
Page 149 - And whence proceed the' eclipses of the sun ; Why flowing tides prevail upon the main, And in what dark recess they shrink again; What shakes the solid earth; what cause" delays The summer nights, and shortens winter days.
Page 115 - But opposite in levell'd west was set His mirror, with full face borrowing her light From him, for other light she needed none In that aspect, and still that distance keeps Till night...
Page 42 - The sun reveals the secrets of the sky; And who dares give the source of light the lie? The change of empires often he declares, Fierce tumults, hidden treasons, open wars. He first the fate of...
Page 216 - Autumn succeeds, a sober tepid age, Not froze with fear, nor boiling into rage ; More than mature, and tending to decay, When our brown locks repine to mix with odious gray.
Page 220 - Nor only through the lenient air this change, Delicious, breathes : the penetrative sun, His force deep-darting to the dark retreat Of vegetation, sets the steaming power At large, to wander o'er the verdant earth, In various hues ; but chiefly thee, gay green ! Thou smiling Nature's universal robe! United light and shade ! where the sight dwells With growing strength, and ever-new delight.