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Like gypsies, lest the stolen brat be known,
The Apology. Line 232.
The Prophecy of Famine. Line 86. There webs were spread of more than common size, And half-starved spiders prey'd on half-starved flies.
Line 327. With curious art the brain, too finely wrought, Preys on herself, and is destroyed by thought.
Epistle to William Hogarth. Line 645. Men the most infamous are fond of fame, And those who fear not guilt yet start at shame.
The Author. Line 233. Be England what she will, With all her faults she is my country still.?
The Farewell. Line 27. Wherever waves can roll, and winds can blow.?
WILLIAM COWPER. 1731–1800.
Is base in kind, and born to be a slave.
Table Talk. Line 28. As if the world and they were hand and glove. Line 173.
Happiness depends, as Nature shows, Less on exterior things than most suppose. Line 246.
i Steal! to be sure they may; and, egad, serve your best thoughts as gypsies do stolen children, - disguise them to make 'em pass for their own. - SHERIDAN: The Critic, act i. sc. i.
2 England, with all thy faults I love thee still,
Cow PER: The Task, book ii. The Timepiece, line 206. 3 Far as the breeze can bear, the billows foam. - BYRON: The Corsair, canto i. stanza 1.
Freedom has a thousand charms to show,
Table Talk. Line 260.
Line 542. Ages elapsed ere Homer's lamp appear'a, And ages ere the Mantuan swan was heard: To carry nature lengths unknown before, To give a Milton birth, ask'd ages more.
Line 556. Elegant as simplicity, and warm As ecstasy.
Line 588. Low ambition and the thirst of praise.
Line 591. Made poetry a mere mechanic art.
Line 654. Nature, exerting an unwearied power, Forms, opens, and gives scent to every flower; Spreads the fresh verdure of the field, and leads The dancing Naiads through the dewy meads. Line 690. Lights of the world, and stars of human race.
The Progress of Error. Line 97. How much a dunce that has been sent to roam Excels a dunce that has been kept at home! Line 415. Just knows, and knows no more, her Bible true, A truth the brilliant Frenchman never knew.
Truth. Line 327. The sounding jargon of the schools.?
Line 367. When one that holds communion with the skies Has fill’d his urn where these pure waters rise, And once more mingles with us meaner things, "T is e'en as if an angel shook his wings.
Charity. Line 435. A fool must now and then be right by chance.
Conversation. Line 96.
1 See Pope, page 314.
He would not, with a peremptory tone,
Conversation. Line 121.
Line 193. Pernicious weed! whose scent the fair annoys, Unfriendly to society's chief joys: Thy worst effect is banishing for hours The sex whose presence civilizes ours.
I cannot talk with civet in the
His wit invites you by his looks to come,
Our wasted oil unprofitably burns,
Retirement. Line 614.
Line 623. An idler is a watch that wants both hands, As useless if it goes as if it stands.
Line 681. Built God a church, and laugh'd his word to scorn.
1 See Pope, page 331.
The story of a lamp which was supposed to have burned about fifteen hundred years in the sepulchre of Tullia, the daughter of Cicero, is told by Pancirollus and others.
Philologists, who chase
Retirement. Line 691.
The Yearly Distress.
Verses supposed to be written by Alexander Selkirk.
These valleys and rocks never heard ;
Compared with the speed of its flight
And the swift-winged arrows of light. Ibid.
On observing some Names of Little Note.
To reach the distant coast;
1 La Bruyère.
'T is Providence alone secures
Pairing Time Anticipated.
This lesson seems to carry,
She had a frugal mind. History of John Gilpin. A hat not much the worse for wear.
And Gilpin, Long live he!
To an Afflicted Protestant Lady. United yet divided, twain at once : So sit two kings of Brentford on one throne.1
The Task. Book i. The Sofa. Line 77. Nor rural sights alone, but rural sounds, Exhilarate the spirit, and restore The tone of languid nature.
Line 181. The earth was made so various, that the mind Of desultory man, studious of change And pleased with novelty, might be indulged. Line 506.
Doing good, Disinterested good, is not our trade.
Line 673. God made the country, and man made the town.”
1 BUCKINGHAM : The Rehearsal (the two Kings of Brentford). 2 See Bacon, page 167.