The British Essayists: Looker-on

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C. and J. Rivington, 1823

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Strana 231 - Time out of mind the fairies' coachmakers. And in this state she gallops night by night Through lovers...
Strana 230 - So saying, on he led his radiant Files, Dazzling the Moon ; these to the Bower direct In search of whom they sought: him there they found Squat like a Toad, close at the ear of Eve ; Assaying by his Devilish art to reach The Organs of her Fancy, and with them forge Illusions as he list, Phantasms and Dreams, Or if, inspiring venom, he might taint Th...
Strana 176 - Sweet is the breath of Morn, her rising sweet, With charm of earliest birds : pleasant the sun, When first on this delightful land he spreads His orient beams, on herb, tree, fruit, and flower, Glistering with dew ; fragrant the fertile earth After soft showers; and sweet the coming on Of grateful Evening mild...
Strana 27 - Sometimes with secure delight The upland hamlets will invite, When the merry bells ring round. And the jocund rebecks sound To many a youth, and many a maid. Dancing in the chequered shade; And young and old come forth to play On a sunshine holiday...
Strana 173 - O how canst thou renounce the boundless store Of charms which Nature to her votary yields ! The warbling woodland, the resounding shore, The pomp of groves, and garniture of fields; All that the genial ray of morning gilds, And all that echoes to the song of even, All that the mountain's sheltering bosom shields, And all the dread magnificence of Heaven, O how canst thou renounce, and hope to be forgiven ? These charms shall work thy soul's eternal health, And love, and gentleness, and joy, impart.
Strana 231 - a lies asleep, Then dreams he of another benefice : Sometimes she driveth o'er a soldier's neck, And then dreams he of cutting foreign throats, Of breaches, ambuscadoes, Spanish blades, Of healths five fathom deep ; and then anon Drums in his ear; at which he starts, and wakes; And, being thus frighted, swears a prayer or two And sleeps again.
Strana 333 - I sent to ask the man of God to honour my roof, and dine with me. I asked him of his country, and what not ; I even asked him if his sermons were his own composition, which he affirmed they were ; I assured him I believed it, for never man had spoke or wrote so well. ' My name is Dishington,
Strana 228 - The Furies' iron beds; and Strife, that shakes Her hissing tresses and unfolds her snakes. Full in the midst of this infernal road, An elm displays her dusky arms abroad: The God of Sleep there hides his heavy head. And empty dreams on ev'ry leaf are spread.
Strana 114 - Now turning from the wintry signs, the sun His course exalted through the Ram had run, And whirling up the skies, his chariot drove '' Through Taurus, and the lightsome realms of love ; Where Venus from her orb descends in showers, To glad the ground, and paint the fields with...
Strana 322 - Survey'd our dusky, faint, imperfect day, And under what a cloud of night we lay ; But when he saw, how, on the shore forlorn, His headless trunk was cast...

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