The British Poets: Including Translations ...

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C. Whittingham, 1822 - English poetry
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Page 26 - twixt south and south-west side; On either which he would dispute, Confute, change hands, and still confute. He'd undertake to prove by force Of argument, a man 's no horse. He'd prove a buzzard is no fowl, And that a lord may be an owl, A calf an alderman, a goose a justice, And rooks committee-men and trustees.
Page 32 - Twas Presbyterian true blue; For he was of that stubborn crew Of errant Saints, whom all men grant To be the true Church Militant; Such as do build their faith upon The holy text of pike and gun; Decide all controversies by Infallible artillery; And prove their doctrine orthodox By apostolic blows and knocks; Call fire, and sword, and desolation, A godly, thorough Reformation, Which always must be carried on, And still be doing, never done; As if Religion were intended For nothing else but to be...
Page 24 - When civil fury first grew high, And men fell out, they knew not why; When hard words, jealousies, and fears, Set folks together by the ears, And made them fight, like mad or drunk, For Dame Religion, as for punk; Whose honesty they all durst swear for, Though not a man of them knew wherefore: When Gospel-Trumpeter, surrounded With long-ear'd rout, to battle sounded, And pulpit, drum ecclesiastic, Was beat with fist, instead of a stick; Then did Sir Knight abandon dwelling, And out he rode a colonelling.
Page 203 - And was old dog at physiology; But as a dog that turns the spit Bestirs himself, and plies his feet To climb the wheel, but all in vain, His own weight brings him down again: And still he's in the self-same place Where at his setting out he was...
Page 168 - The sun had long since, in the lap Of Thetis, taken out his nap, And like a lobster boiled, the morn From black to red began to turn...
Page 25 - And styled of war as well as peace. (So some rats of amphibious nature Are either for the land or water.) But here our authors make a doubt Whether he were more wise or stout.
Page 14 - If inexhaustible wit could give perpetual pleasure, no eye would ever leave half-read the work of Butler; for what poet has ever brought so many remote images so happily together ? It is scarcely possible to peruse a page without finding some association of images that was never found before.
Page 24 - Chief of domestic knights and errant, Either for chartel* or for warrant ; Great on the bench, great in the saddle, That could as well bind o'er as...
Page 35 - S[h]oulders through the Fire : Our Knight did bear no less a Pack Of his own Buttocks on his Back : Which now had almost got the UpperHand of his Head, for want of Crupper.
Page 199 - That deals in Destiny's dark counsels, And sage opinions of the Moon sells, To whom all people, far and near, On deep importances repair : When brass and pewter hap to stray, And linen slinks out o...

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