Essays in Rhyme on Morals and Manners

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Taylor and Hessey, 1820 - 174 páginas
 

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Página 36 - Though man a thinking being is defined, Few use the grand prerogative of mind : How few think justly of the thinking few ! How many never think, who think they do ! Opinion, therefore — such our mental dearth — • Depends on mere locality or birth.
Página 157 - Whatever passes as a cloud between The mental eye of faith and things unseen, Causing that brighter world to disappear, Or seem less lovely, and its hope less dear ; This is our world, our idol, though it bear Affection's impress, or devotion's air.
Página 116 - And now the worm hath done her part In mimicking the chisel's art. In days of yore (as now we call) When the first James was king, The courtly knight from yonder hall Hither his train did bring; All seated round in order due, With broidered suit and buckled shoe.
Página 117 - As though they did intend For past omissions to atone By saying endless prayers in stone. Those mellow days are past and dim, But generations new, In regular descent from him, Have filled the stately pew ; And in the same succession, go To occupy the vault below.
Página 113 - And so, we drew our chairs the nearer, And whispering, lest the child should hear her, She told a tale, at least too long To be repeated in a song; We, panting every breath between, With curiosity and spleen. And how we did enjoy the sport! And echo every faint report, And answer every candid doubt, And turn her motives inside out, And holes in all her virtues pick, Till we were sated, almost sick.
Página 112 - At that our hostess fetch'da sigh, And shook her head ; and so, says I, ' It's very kind of her, I'm sure, To be so generous to the poor.' ' No doubt,' says she, ' 'tis very true; Perhaps there may be reasons too :— You know some people like to pass For patrons with the lower class.

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