Sketches of Obscure Poets: With Specimens of Their Writings

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Cochrane, 1833 - English poetry - 208 pages

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Page 31 - The cloud-capt towers, the gorgeous palaces, The solemn temples, the great globe itself; * Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve, And, like the baseless fabric of a vision, Leave not a wreck behind.
Page 193 - He offered me a worn-down press for two shillings, which no man could use, and which was laid by for the fire. I considered the nature of its construction, bought it, and paid the two shillings. I then asked him to favour me with a hammer and a pin, which he brought with half a conquering smile and half a sneer. I drove out the garter-pin, which being galled prevented the press from working, and turned another square, which perfectly cured the press. He said, in anger, ' If I had known you should...
Page 120 - There let me sleep forgotten in the clay, When death shall shut these weary aching eyes ; Rest in the hopes of an eternal day, Till the long night is gone, and the last morn arise.
Page 118 - I ask'd no more. Now, Spring returns: but not to me returns The vernal joy my better years have known; Dim in my breast life's dying taper burns, And all the joys of life with health are flown.
Page 145 - Such a superiority do the pursuits of literature possess above every other occupation, that even he who attains but a mediocrity in them, merits the preeminence above those that excel the most in the common and vulgar professions.
Page 40 - ... interests of other nations were no further regarded, than as they could be rendered subservient to the gratification of her ambition; and mankind at large were considered as possessing no rights, but such as might with the utmost propriety be merged in that devouring vortex. With all their talents and their grandeur, they were unprincipled oppressors, leagued in a determined conspiracy against the liberty and independence of mankind...
Page 119 - And count the silent moments as they pass — The winged moments, whose unstaying speed No art can stop, or in their course arrest, Whose flight shall shortly count me with the dead, And lay me down in peace with them that rest.
Page 188 - Arriving the same evening," the narrative then proceeds, " within the precincts of Lichfield, I approached a barn, where I intended to lodge ; but finding the door shut, I opened my parcels in the fields, dressed, hid my bags near a hedge, and took a view of the city for about two hours, though very sore-footed. Returning to the spot about nine, I undressed, bagged up my things in decent order, and prepared for rest ; but, alas ! I had a bed to seek.
Page 118 - Thus have I walk'd along the dewy lawn ; My frequent foot the blooming wild hath worn ; Before the lark I've sung the beauteous dawn, And gather'd health from all the gales of morn. And, even when Winter chill'd the aged year, I wander'd lonely o'er the hoary plain ; Tho' frosty Boreas warn'd me to forbear, Boreas, with all his tempests, warn'd in vain.
Page 187 - I had now," says he, (and the reader will remember what a mere child he still was,) " to rise at five every morning during seven years; submit to the cane whenever convenient to the master ; be the constant companion of the most rude and vulgar of the human race, never taught by nature, nor ever wishing to be taught.

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