The Works of the British Poets: With Lives of the Authors, Volume 20

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Ezekiel Sanford, Robert Walsh
Mitchell, Ames, and White, 1819 - English poetry
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Page 250 - Draw to one point, and to one centre bring Beast, man, or angel, servant, lord, or king. For forms of government let fools contest: Whate'er is best administer'd is best: For modes of faith let graceless zealots fight; His can't be wrong whose life is in the right. In faith and hope the world will
Page 224 - from home, Rests and expatiates in a life to come. Lo, the poor Indian ! whose untutor'd mind Sees God in clouds, or hears him in the wind ; His soul proud science never taught to stray Far as the solar walk or milky way ; Yet simple nature to his hope has giv'n, Behind the cloud-top'd hill, an humbler
Page 314 - YEARS OLD. HAPPY the man whose wish and care A few paternal acres bound, Content to breathe his native air In his own ground. Whose herds with milk, whose fields with bread, Whose flocks supply him with attire, "Whose trees in summer yield him shade,
Page 205 - every part, And hide with ornaments their want of art. True wit is nature to advantage dress'd, What oft was thought, but ne'er so well express'd; Something whose truth convinc'd at sight we find, That gives us back the image of our mind. As shades more sweetly
Page 206 - cooling western breeze,' In the next line it' whispers through the trees;' If crystal streams ' with pleasing murmurs creep,' The reader's threaten'd (not in vain) with 'sleep;' Then, at the last and only couplet fraught With some unmeaning thing they call a thought, A needless Alexandrine ends the song, That, like a wounded snake, drags its slow length along. I
Page 94 - and bruis'd, But, as the world, harmoniously confus'd: Where order in variety we see, And where, though all things differ, all agree. Here waving groves a chequer' d scene display, And part admit, and part exclude the day; As some coy nymph her lover's warm address, Nor quite indulges, nor can quite repress. There,
Page 256 - immense were the demand; Say at what part of nature will they stand ?— What nothing earthly gives or can destroy, The soul's calm sunshine and the heart-felt joy, Is virtue's prize. A better would you fix ? Then give humility a coach and six, Justice a conqueror's sword, or truth a
Page 137 - How oft, when press'd to marriage, have I said, Curse on all laws but those which love has made! Love, free as air, at sight of human ties, Spreads his light wings, and in a moment flies. Let wealth, let honour, wait the wedded dame, August her deed, and sacred be her fame
Page 67 - If the flights of Dry den therefore are higher, Pope continues longer on the wing. If of Dryden's fire the blaze is brighter, of Pope's the heat is more regular and constant. Dryden often surpasses expectation, and Pope never falls below it. Dryden is read with frequent astonishment, and Pope with perpetual delight. Pope
Page 91 - deserts with surprise Sees lilies spring, and sudden verdure rise ;§ And starts, amidst the thirsty wilds to hear New falls of water murmuring in his ear. On rifted rocks, the dragon's late abodes, The green reed trembles, and the bulrush nods. Waste) sandy vallies, once perplex'd with thorn, The spiry fir and shapely box adorn

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