The British Poets, Volume 1

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Little, Brown & Company, 1866

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Pagina 5 - From nature too I take my rule, To shun contempt and ridicule. I never, with important air, In conversation overbear. Can grave and formal pass for wise, When men the solemn owl despise? My tongue within my lips I rein; For who talks much, must talk in vain.
Pagina 100 - She now the trotting Calf address'd, To save from death a friend distress'd, ' Shall I,' says he, ' of tender age, In this important care engage ? Older and abler passed you by ; How strong are those ! how weak am I ! Should I presume to bear you hence, Those friends of mine may take offence.
Pagina xviii - The person who acted Polly, till then obscure, became all at once the favourite of the town; her pictures were engraved, and sold in great numbers; her Life written, books of letters and verses to her published, and pamphlets made even of her sayings and jests. Furthermore, it drove out of England (for that season) the Italian Opera, which had carried all before it for ten years.
Pagina 99 - And from the deep-mouthed thunder flies: She starts, she stops, she pants for breath; She hears the near advance of death; She doubles, to mislead the hound, And measures back her mazy round, Till, fainting in the public way, Half dead with fear she gasping lay. What transport in her bosom grew, When first the Horse appeared in view! "Let me," says she, "your back ascend, And owe my safety to a friend.
Pagina 243 - And with the savoury fish indulge thy taste : The damsel's knife the gaping shell commands, While the salt liquor streams between her hands. The man had sure a palate cover'd o'er With brass or steel, that on the rocky shore First broke the oozy oyster's pearly coat, And risk'd the living morsel down his throat.
Pagina xiv - South-sea stock, and once supposed himself to be master of twenty thousand pounds. His friends persuaded him to sell his share : but he dreamed of dignity and splendour, and could not bear to obstruct his own fortune. He was then importuned to sell as much as would purchase a hundred a year for life, " which," says Fenton, " will make " you sure of a clean shirt and a shoulder of mutton
Pagina 61 - The counsel's good, a Fox replies, Could we perform what you advise. Think what our ancestors have done — • A line of thieves from son to son ! To us descends the long disgrace, And infamy hath mark'd our race. Though we, like harmless sheep, should feed. Honest in thought, in word, and deed, Whatever hen-roost is decreas'd, We shall be thought to share the feast. The change shall never be believ'd : A lost good name is ne'er retriev'd. Nay then, replies the feeble Fox, (But hark ! I hear a hen...
Pagina 98 - FRIENDSHIP, like love, is but a name, Unless to one you stint the flame. The child, whom many fathers share, Hath seldom known a father's care.
Pagina 216 - Be sure observe the signs, for signs remain, Like faithful landmarks, to the walking train.
Pagina 75 - I'll read my fable. .Betwixt her swagging pannier's load A FARMER'S WIFE to market rode, And, jogging on, with thoughtful care Summ'd up the profits of her ware ; When, starting from her silver dream, Thus far and wide was heard her scream : — That RAVEN on yon left-hand oak (Curse on his ill-betiding croak !) Bodes me no good.

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