The Purple Island, a Poem

Burton and Briggs, 1816 - 190 Seiten
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Seite xi - Haste thee, nymph, and bring with thee Jest, and youthful Jollity, Quips, and cranks,* and wanton* wiles, Nods, and becks, and wreathed smiles, Such as hang on Hebe's cheek, And love to live in dimple sleek; Sport that wrinkled Care derides, And Laughter holding both his sides.
Seite 94 - Fond man, that looks on Earth for happiness, And here long seeks what here is never found ! For all our good we hold from Heav'n by lease, With many forfeits and conditions bound ; Nor can we pay the fine, and rentage due : Though now but writ, and seal'd, and giv'n anew, Yet daily we it break, then daily must renew. Why shouldst thou here look for perpetual good. At...
Seite 151 - Arabian bird, shining in colours new ; Itself unto itself was only mate ; Ever the same, but new in newer date : And underneath was writ ' Such is chaste single state.' Thus hid in arms she seem'da goodly knight, And fit for any warlike exercise : But when she list lay down her armour bright, And back resume her peaceful maiden's guise ; The fairest Maid she was, that ever yet Prison'd her locks within a golden net, Or let them waving hang, with roses fair beset.
Seite 168 - No empty hopes, no courtly fears him fright ; Nor begging wants his middle fortune bite : But sweet content exiles both misery and spite. Instead of music, and base flattering tongues, Which wait to first salute my lord's uprise ; The cheerful lark wakes him with early songs, And birds sweet...
Seite x - An holy-water sprinkle, dipt in dew, With which she sprinkled favours manifold On whom she list, and did great liking shew, — Great liking unto many, but true love to few.
Seite 152 - A bed of lilies flower upon her cheek, And in the midst was set a circling rose ; Whose sweet aspect would force Narcissus seek New liveries, and fresher colours choose To deck his beauteous head in snowy 'tire ; But all in vain : for who can hope t...
Seite 169 - His certain life, that never can deceive him, Is full of thousand sweets, and rich content : The smooth-leaved beeches in the field receive him With coolest shades, till...
Seite 168 - Thrice, oh thrice happy, shepherd's life and state, When courts are happiness* unhappy pawns! His cottage low, and safely humble gate Shuts out proud Fortune, with her scorns and fawns : No feared treason breaks his quiet sleep : Singing all day, his Hocks he learns to keep ; Himself as innocent as are his simple sheep.
Seite 169 - God can please. His bed of wool yields safe and quiet sleeps, While by his side his faithful spouse hath place ; His little son into his bosom creeps, . The lively picture of his father's...
Seite 153 - By force of th' inward sun both shine and move ; Throned in her heart sits love's high majesty, — In highest majesty the highest love. As when a taper shines in glassy frame, The sparkling crystal burns in glittering flame, So does that brightest love brighten this lovely dame.

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