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Page 57 - I AM not one who much or oft delight To season my fireside with personal talk, Of friends, who live within an easy walk, Or neighbours, daily, weekly, in my sight : And, for my chance-acquaintance, ladies bright, Sons, mothers, maidens withering on the stalk, These all wear out of me, like forms with chalk Painted on rich men's floors, for one feast-night Better than such discourse doth silence long, Long, barren silence, square with my desire...
Page 58 - Better than such discourse doth silence long, Long, barren silence, square with my desire ; To sit without emotion, hope, or aim, In the loved presence of my cottage-fire, And listen to the flapping of the flame, Or kettle whispering its faint undersong.
Page 84 - Sprodburgh to his meat*; And for a night, and for a day, His horse shall have both corn and hay, And no man shall ask him where he goeth away.
Page 10 - I mean the press. It is a curious fact, that in the year of the Armada, Queen Elizabeth caused to be printed the first gazettes that ever appeared in England; and I own, when I consider that this mode of rousing a national spirit was then absolutely unexampled, that she could have no assurance of its efficacy from the precedents of former times, I am disposed to regard her having recourse to it as one of the...
Page 72 - Abused mortals, did you know Where joy, heart's ease, and comfort grow, ¡ You'd scorn proud towers, And seek them in these bowers ; Where winds, perhaps, sometimes our woods may shake, But blustering care can never tempest make.