Attempts in Verse

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J. Murray, 1831 - English literature - 332 pages

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Page 51 - Then after we had staid there three hours, or thereabouts, we might perceive the deer appear on the hills round about us (their heads making a show like a wood), which being followed close by the...
Page 84 - The sweat, the dust, and suffocating smoke, Make us so much like Ethiopians look, We scare our wives, when evening brings us home, And frighted infants think the bugbear come.
Page 112 - ... distress. Her aged mother, her six little infants, and herself (expecting every hour to lie in) were actually on the point of perishing, when the gentleman (Mr. Vaughan), so gratefully mentioned in her poems, providentially heard of their distress, which, I am afraid, she had too carefully concealed, and hastened to their relief. The poor woman and her children were preserved ; but for the unhappy mother all assistance came too late ; she had the joy to see it arrive, but it was a joy she was...
Page 95 - THE thresher Duck could o'er the queen prevail, The proverb says, " no fence against a flail." From threshing corn he turns to thresh his brains ; For which her majesty allows him grains : Though 'tis confest, that those, who ever saw His poems, think them all not worth a straw ! Thrice happy Duck, employed in threshing stubble, Thy toil is lessen'd, and thy profits double.
Page 83 - That once secure, we swiftly whirl them round, From the strong Planks our Crab-tree Staves rebound, And echoing Barns return the rattling Sound. Now in the Air our knotty Weapons fly, And now with equal Force descend from high; Down one, one up, so well they keep the Time, The Cyclops...
Page 50 - ... compass, they do bring, or chase in, the deer in many herds (two, three, or four hundred in a herd), to such or such a place, as the noblemen shall appoint them ; then, when day is come, the lords and gentlemen of their companies do ride or go to the said places, sometimes wading up to the middles, through...
Page 49 - With these arms I found many of them armed for the hunting. As for their attire, any man, of what degree soever, that comes amongst them, must not disdain to wear it ; for if they do...
Page 114 - Pressing as her distresses are, if I did not think her heart was rightly turned I should be afraid of proposing such a measure, lest it should unsettle the sobriety of her mind, and, by exciting her vanity, indispose her for the laborious employments of her humble condition ; but it would be cruel to imagine that we cannot mend her fortune without impairing her virtue.
Page 31 - Three Weeks, Three Days, and Three Hours' Observations from London to Hamburgh, in Germany, amongst Jews and Gentiles; with Descriptions of Towns and Towers, Castles and Citadels, artificial Gallowses and natural Hangmen; and dedicated for the present to the absent Oilcombian Knight Errant, Sir Thomas Coryat.
Page 45 - I do remember the name well; but by reason that it is near two-and-twenty years since I saw you, I may well forget the knowledge of you. Well, said he, if you were in that ship, I pray you tell me some remarkable token that happened in the voyage ; whereupon I told him two or three tokens, which he did know to be true. Nay, then, said I, I will tell you another, which (perhaps) you have not forgotten.

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