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" They knew not how he learned at all, For idly, hour by hour, He sat and watched the dead leaves fall, Or mused upon a common flower. "
Poems - Page 109
by James Russell Lowell - 1844 - 279 pages
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The Boston Miscellany of Literature and Fashion, Volume 2

1842
...were simple words enough, And yet he used them so, That what in other mouths seemed rough In his was musical and low. Men called him but a shiftless youth...unwittingly in truth, They made his careless words thek law. VII. They knew not how he learned at all, For hour after hour, He sate and watched the dead...
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Eliza Cook's journal, Volume 10

1854
...shiftless yonth, In whom no good they saw ; And yet, nnwittingly, in trnth, They made his eareless words their law. They knew not how he learned at all, For idly, long honr by honr, He sat and watehed the dead leaves fall, Or mnsed npon a eommon flower. It...
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The Age of Fable, Or, Stories of Gods and Heroes

Thomas Bulfinch - Animals, Mythical - 1855 - 485 pages
...Admetus " for the subject of a short poem. He makes that event the first introduction of poetry to men. " Men called him but a shiftless youth, In whom no good...in truth, They made his careless words their law. " And day by day more holy grew Each spot where he had trod, Till after-poets only knew Their first-born...
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The Lover's Seat: Kathemérina; Or, Common Things in Relation to Beauty ...

Kenelm Henry Digby - Conduct of life - 1856
...even the sweetest and most significant words you can devise. So a poet says of an ideal character : " His words were simple words enough, And yet he used...other mouths was rough, In his seemed musical and low ; They called him but a shiftless youth, In whom no good they saw ; And yet, unwittingly, in truth,...
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Titan, Volume 23

English literature - 1856
...can devise. So a poet says of an ideal character — ' His words were simple words enough, And vet he used them so, That what in other mouths was rough. In hie seem'd mueical and low. They call'd Mm but a shiftless youth. In whom no good they saw; And yet,...
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The Christian Examiner and Religious Miscellany

Liberalism (Religion) - 1844
...a ballad expressing the development and influence of the Poet, and is worthy of its subject : — " His words were simple words enough, And yet he used...mouths was rough, In his seemed musical and low." " And day by day more holy grew Each spot where he had trod, Till after poets only knew Their first-born...
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Miscellaneous poems. Memorial verses. Sonnets. I-XXVII. L'Envoi. Vision of ...

James Russell Lowell - American poetry - 1857
...the cups of wine : And so, well-pleased with being soothed Into a sweet half-sleep, Three times his kingly beard he smoothed, And made him viceroy o'er...their law. They knew not how he learned at all, For idly, hour by hour, He sat and watched the dead leaves fall, Or mused upon a common flower. It seemed...
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The Poetical Works of James R. Lowell: Complete in Two Volumes

James Russell Lowell - 1858
...kingly beard he smoothed, And made him viceroy o'er his sheep. And so, well-pleased with being soothed His words were simple words enough, And yet he used...musical and low. Men called him but a shiftless youth, They knew not how he learned at all, For idly, hour by hour, He sat and watched the dead leaves fall,...
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The Poetical Works of James R. Lowell

James R. Lowell - 1863
...kingly beard he smoothed, And made him viceroy o'er his sheep. Aita so, well-pleased with being soothed His words were simple words enough, And yet he used...their law. They knew not how he learned at all, For idly, hour by hour, He sat and watched the dead leaves fall, Or mused upon a common flower. It seemed...
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Poetry of the Age of Fable

Thomas Bulfinch - English poetry - 1863 - 251 pages
...Lycidas.] LIEE to that sanguine flower inscribed with woe. • •mi-- THE SHEPHERD OF KING ADMETUS. MEN called him but a shiftless youth, In whom no good...in truth, They made his careless words their law. And day by day more holy grew Each spot where he had trod, Till after-poets only knew Their first-born...
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