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Like Nature? Can imagination boast,
Amid its gay creation, hues like hers?

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Amid the roses fierce Repentance rears

Her snaky crest.

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Delightful task! to rear the tender thought,
To teach the young idea how to shoot.

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An elegant sufficiency, content,
Retirement, rural quiet, friendship, books,
Ease and alternate labour, useful life,
Progressive virtue, and approving Heaven!

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The meek-eyed Morn appears, mother of dews.

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But yonder comes the powerful King of Day
Rejoicing in the east.

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Ships dim-discovered, dropping from the clouds.

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Sighed and looked unutterable things.

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A lucky chance, that oft decides the fate
Of mighty monarchs.

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So stands the statue that enchants the world,

So bending tries to veil the matchless boast,
The mingled beauties of exulting Greece.

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Needs not the foreign aid of ornament,
But is when unadorned, adorned the most.

Autumn. Line 204.

For still the world prevailed, and its dread laugh,
Which scarce the firm philosopher can scorn.

See Winter comes, to rule the varied year.

Cruel as death, and hungry as the grave.

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Winter. Line 1.
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The kiss, snatched hasty from the side-long maid.

These as they change, Almighty Father! these
Are but the varied God. The rolling year
Is full of Thee.

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Hymn. Line 1.

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Shade, unperceived, so softening into shade.

From seeming evil still educing good.

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Come then, expressive silence, muse his praise.

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Placed far amid the melancholy main.

Castle of Indolence. Canto i. Stanza 30.

A little, round, fat, oily man of God.

Canto i. St. 69.

Rule Britannia, Britannia rules the waves;
Britons never will be slaves.

For ever, Fortune, wilt thou prove

An unrelenting foe to love;

And, when we meet a mutual heart,
Come in between and bid us part?

O Sophonisba ! Sophonisba, O !*

Alfred. Act ii. Sc. 5

Song, For ever Fortune."

Sophonisba. Act . Sc. 2.

Whoe'er amidst the sons

Of reason, valour, liberty, and virtue,

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LIVE while you live, the epicure would say,
And seize the pleasures of the present day ;

* The line was altered, after the second edition, to

'O Sophonisba! I am wholly thine.'



Live while you live, the sacred preacher cries,
And give to God each moment as it flies.
Lord, in my views let both united be;

I live in pleasure, when I live to thee.

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JOHN BROWN. 1715-1765.

Now let us thank the Eternal Power: convinced

That Heaven but tries our virtue by affliction, That oft the cloud which wraps the present hour, Serves but to brighten all our future days.

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There mark what ills the scholar's life assail,-
Toil, envy, want, the patron, and the jail.

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He left a name, at which the world grew pale,

To point a moral, or adorn a tale.

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Hides from himself his state, and shuns to know

That life protracted is protracted woe.

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Superfluous lags the veteran on the stage.

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From Marlborough's eyes the tears of dotage flow,
And Swift expires, a driveller and a show.
Roll darkling down the torrent of his fate.

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Catch, then, O catch the transient hour;
Improve each moment as it flies;
Life's a short summer-man a flower-
He dies-alas! how soon he dies.


Winter. An Ode.

Of all the griefs that harass the distressed,
Sure the most bitter is a scornful jest.

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This mournful truth is everywhere confessed,
Slow rises worth by poverty depressed.

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Each change of many-coloured life he drew,
Exhausted worlds and then imagined new.

Prologue on the Opening of Drury Lane Theatre.

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